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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Giglio & Del Galdo getting rich in Cicero

Giglio & Del Galdo are in the news for the law firms exorbitant bills in the village of Cicero. See Sun-Times (Leonard N. Fleming, Carol Marin and Don Moseley). h/t to a Proviso Probe contributor for bringing the Sun-Times article to my attention.

Giglio & Del Galdo is the law firm that has given extensively to political committees controlled by Melrose Park Village President Ron Serpico.

The firm has also been expanding its clients in Proviso Township. Mayor Anthony Calderone attempted to bring the firm to Forest Park to condemn residents homes to turn them into parking lots.

Also, Proviso Township High Schools (District 209) dumped Odelson & Sterk in favor of Giglio & Del Galdo.

Law firms serve as money laundering operations in local politics. The law firms run-up big bills. The politicians don't challenge the bills. The politicians don't object to the bills because they know they will derive some benefit from the money down the road. The politicians are "banking favors".

The system is very because legal work is not required to be bid out. And the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission doesn't see this behavior as violating the rules against attorneys mixing their financial interests with their clients.

Allegations of this kind of corruption are hard to investigate because the conspirators can claim attorney-client privilege, as the Village of Cicero has done in the Sun-Times article.

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  • Here's a link to the coverage by Carol Marin on NBC5 last night http://video.nbc5.com/player/?id=158445

    Love that the law firm gives them a 2 page statement to justify the charges!!!!

    By Anonymous Scratching My Head, at 3:45 PM, September 20, 2007  

  • This story might have more legs if there would be a comparison to what other municipalities pay their law firms. Bellwood (population 20,000) pays their lawyers over $600,000. Makes it look like Cicero (population 60,000) is getting a bargain with their lawyers.

    By Anonymous observing, at 7:53 AM, September 21, 2007  

  • Isn't this the law firm that welch now works for don't they represent Dist 89, 88, Melrose Park etc?
    kids loose again

    By Anonymous I'm just sayin, at 7:55 AM, September 21, 2007  

  • Comparative analysis? Why would you want to do something like that? Why that would debunk any consiracy theory and then there would not be anything constructive to write about, afterall isn't it all about conspiracy?

    By Anonymous Brenda, at 5:12 PM, September 21, 2007  

  • so MR. Welch now works for
    Giglio & Del Galdo
    sure looks like he was given a bone for the new account of dist. 89 & 209
    {but the heat is on them now }
    as they have split up the firm
    now its Giglio OR Del Galdo
    no longer Giglio & Del Galdo
    the heat might be because of the case between Mr.Bancroft & Mr. Dominick & Mrs. Dominick !

    Does anyone know if Mr. Austin Zimmer from the lawfirm of Del Galdo was able to get work in forest park for Del Galdo

    as for Cicero SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Blogger vince wise, at 3:12 PM, September 22, 2007  

  • did the lawfirm split up

    it was Giglio and Del Galdo

    now its

    Giglio Or Del Galdo

    all this heat came from the case with Mr. Bancroft and Mr and mrs Dominick and the town of Cicero

    By Anonymous vince wise, at 3:46 PM, September 22, 2007  

  • Who's Bellwood's attorneys? I thought Welch represented them? These attorney's rack up the $$ don't they?

    what about Maywood? Broadview? Westchester, Hillside, Mel-Park, LaGrange, Berwyn?

    Isn't Tamburino a lawyer, Serpico?

    They get paid! damn

    By Anonymous wish I went to law school, at 9:03 PM, September 22, 2007  

  • No, Welch does not work for Giglio or DelGado.

    By Anonymous Get the facts, at 1:19 PM, September 23, 2007  

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