I recently learned some information that sheds a great deal of light on a matter that I am trying to work out. I am sorry that I am not comfortable going into details on it at this time. While I have been thinking about my situation, I began to analyze a man that was once an acquaintance. His name is Bill Daddono III. I am saddened by the many disappointments that I have experienced through Bill over the years. However, these lessons have put me in a position to reflect on ways to take my experiences with Bill and try to make some good out of them. I suppose I should tell you some of what I know which could provide some value to the Chicagoland community.
For decades, the Daddonos have been fortunate to get work at Chicago’s McCormick Place setting up and breaking down trade shows. They own a company called Century Trade Show Services. The rumor is that Bill’s late grandfather, Willie ‘Potatoes’, one of Chicago Outfit Boss Sam Giancana’s top guys, muscled a Jewish businessman out of his share of the business. He then turned it over to Bill Jr., his son. Bill Jr. was also a business partner of Chicago gangster Louie ‘The Mooch’ Eboli in an amusement company that provided coin operated amusement machines in DuPage County in the 1970s and ‘80s.
Bill III once told me of the time that his father advised their dear friend and business associate Nick Bascarino to threaten some Outfit enforcers in the early 1990s with going to the G over a matter involving money that they cried was extortion. It is interesting that it was okay for the Daddonos to allegedly acquire their company through extortion, but were quick to rely on the G when their friends became unwilling to part with their money.
One thing that has kept the Daddonos busy with business deals at McCormick Place is the street tax that they allegedly paid to the Chicago Outfit for many years. They also have supposedly been involved with even more Outfit scams out of there. Sure Staff, which is owned by Ray Morelli (whose late father Louis was very close to DiFronzo), is, according to a source, allegedly on the Outfit list of connected companies doing business at McCormick Place. They are also alleged to have been kicking back to the Daddonos for their help in getting them some decent business through McCormick Place.