Pasta Instead of Payoff: Mob Boss John DiFronzo And Illinois State Rep. Skip Saviano Are Both Handy In the Kitchen
I recently learned that, in an attempt to stop pay-to-play politics in Illinois, a special commission organized by former assistant U.S. Attorney Pat Collins has made a number of recommendations to Governor Pat Quinn. So it strikes me as a bit strange that State Representative Angelo “Skip” Saviano is scheduled to cook dinner at the Governor’s mansion this Wednesday for the Illinois House. Are we exchanging dollars for dinner? Is there any difference between pay-to-play and cater-to-cooperate?
The late Pat Saviano (Skip’s father) was a wise man. His Elmwood Park home was located near one of the homes of Mob Boss Jack Cerone. After Mr. Cerone’s death Pat told me he was very happy that Cerone was dead because he would not like to have a gangster for a neighbor. Of course we both knew that the Cerones had sold their house many years earlier. Nevertheless, Pat made me smile, as he could always do.
While Pat wanted to avoid Mr. Cerone and what he represented, what about Skip?
This Wednesday Skip will be doing his best Johnny DiFronzo impersonation. Friends of Johnny well know that he loves to cook for large groups of people. Is Skip plotting how to influence his guests in the same way the DiFronzos have been doing for decades?
I wonder if Skip’s mother, Rose (Fosco) Saviano had her friend Mrs. Peter DiFronzo donate the food? I hope that my recently filed civil RICO complaint against Mr. Peter DiFronzo and his brother, Chicago Outfit boss John DiFronzo, does not make Skip feel uncomfortable for being as much of a Fosco as he is a Saviano.