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Former Heights Mayor Chuck Panici's Criminal Trial Revisited in New Book

The author of the new book has agreed to release the first chapter for Patch readers and Heights residents to review this Friday.

Former mayor of Chicago Heights Charles "Chuck" Panici may be the most controversial figure in the city's history.

He's been praised for the economic state of the city during his 16 years in office and chastised for his 1993 conviction for taking more than $250,000 in bribes. The trial of Panici, as well as Heights commissioners John Gliottoni Jr., and Louise Marshall, marks one of the darker periods in Chicago Heights history, and a new book will revisit that period.

The book, titled Prosecutors Gone Wild: The Inside Story of the Trial of Chuck Panici, John Gliottoni, and Louise Marshall, will be released as an e-book on Friday, Oct. 26.

The author, Michael Volpe, has blogged about Chicago Heights and Panici in the past. 

"In and around Chicago Heights, there are plenty of opinions about this trial," Volpe said in an email. "No one making those opinions has all the available facts. Many facts involved with this trial weren't revealed to the jury and thus the public. This book intends to present the rest of the story, so people can form their opinions on the basis of all the available facts."

In the book, Volpe included a quote from Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, which Volpe feels best explains the intent behind releasing the book:

No one has the right to have an opinion on any subject unless he or she has arrived at that opinion by a process of reasoning based on all the available facts connected with that subject. Despite this fact, however, nearly everyone has opinions on nearly every subject, whether they are familiar with these subjects or have any facts connected with them or not.

Look for an extended excerpt from the book this Friday on Chicago Heights Patch.

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Christopher Paicely (Editor) October 23, 2012 at 11:04 AM
I remember hearing some interesting opinions of Volpe from Heights residents and elected officials. What do you think of him revisiting this trial two decades later?
Winston Wolf October 23, 2012 at 12:53 PM
I am more concerned with what is happening in Chicago Heights today, but I agree that Mr. Panici is an interesting figure in our city's history. I'd be interested to read it.
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. October 23, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I like Chuck Panici. He is a very interesting man. He has said some things that I disagree with, but I respect him because he was man enough to say it to my face. I look forward to reading the book.
S October 23, 2012 at 03:26 PM
I think the past is the past, and that's where it should be left. If anyone should be the one to write a book, it should be him, not Volpe. For those of us who know Chuck personally, we know the truth. Everyone that lived theough this time period has already formed their opinion if the former mayor, so it doesnt even matter. Just sayin'...
BUTCH October 23, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Chuck should have been given a medal for what he did on Hickory St. The bad is he along with MANNY HOFFMAN conspired with the ZIONIST BANKSTERS and JJ SR to get rid of Gus put MEL in then out him and run a bunch of third stringers to take the vote from the labor candidate and put a dysfunctional misfit in congress that is an embarrassment to humanity! to put JJ JR in congress and we did not then nor now deserve this?
Michael Wright October 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Ah, but like most interesting people in history, it typically comes down to: All the good they did is just a footnote and all the bad they did is the headline. And the lasting legacy will be the bad: think of anyone "famous" who screwed-up (mostly politicians and sports-figures come to mind): their glory is always overshadowed by their infamny: John Edwards, Tiger Woods, Joe Paterno, etc. What C.P. did was wrong and the honest, tax-paying citizens of the City of Chicago Heights have had to pay (literally and figuratively) for his and his administration's wrong-doings far longer than any good he did. Present day residents/tax-payers/voters need to wake-up and tell these old-school, dirty, on-the-take politicians, law enforcement officials, school officials, park district officials, etc. that we're smarter than that and will not take their crap any longer. Remember the past so as not to repeat it. However, I fear the same pattern is going to be repeated on Nov. 6th when JJ, Jr. gets re-elected. Some people never learn and some are just too hard-headed and stupid to want to learn. And the rest of us end up paying the price (literally and figuratively).
Michael Nardoni October 23, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Chuck Panici is a good man, & was a great Mayor. Truth be told Chicago Heights really started going down the toilet after he was out of office. Further more I truly believe as many others do that Chuck was railroaded into a prison cell, By afew individuals that lied under oath to save their own Butts.
BUTCH October 23, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Mike for a GOP COMMITTEEMAN and MAYOR he learned his craft from none other than ERV who is doing his time in his MICH or FLA HIDEAWAY, CHUCK SLEPT with dogs got fleas from MANNY, Kevin Conlon who was Rich Twnsp Dem boss and became a co host with Manny on their cable show it was as phony as they are the other conspirator was JJ SR not fast Eddie, it was because the CHI banksters and machine JEWS wanted GUS out of CONGRESS on orders from their AIPAC (Amer Israel political action cmte)BOSSES the CHENEYS, very heavy right?
Jeff October 23, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Butch, please take your medication. Wow.
BUTCH October 23, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Jeff are u a stooge or gopher for SR or attend Manny's synagogue? I was there my friend and have been writing about it ever since and my experiences with MADIGOON and a lot of pol's national and local! Anyway whose mythic image did I burst? How bout our gallant ISRAELI ALLIES they are a lot of things but allies and gallant they are not nor are they the chosen people as a matter of fact! JJ JR is a misfit momma's boy! end of story hardly!
Jeff October 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM
You're way off topic here. I don't care about Israel or Madigan. The suggestion that Chuck Panici and Ed Vrdolyak were part of a Zionist conspiracy with Jesse Jackson is just hilarious.
Christopher Paicely (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 12:39 AM
BUTCH, We appreciate and respect your willingness to comment and share your opinions on Patch articles. Let's try to stay on topic though. Thanks.
BUTCH October 24, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Sorry Chris and Jeff it is on topic and why and how JR got elected not a bit hilarious, if Mel is still around he could tell the story in more detail how Manny got him his gig on yell radio and his fraudulent RHODES SCHOLAR TITLE! I did not say Eddie was a part of the conspiracy he trained Chuck'S TROOPS on organizing and the infrastructure of creating a kick ass political organization, do u think some lame MADIGOON STOOGE or TPARTY moron did it?, JR will never be fit to be anything but a momma's boy as for the rest of the story it is old news but will be trickilin out by bits and pieces . The real tragedy is we are stuck with a fraud who is only in Congress by deceit and conspiracy a fragile piece of human waste we have no representation in the PEOPLE'S HOUSE! Davis and RUSH The other two DEMS that tell us to give him a chance should also be sent packing to the MAYO clinic or hell what have ANY OF THEM especially JACKSON done to keep TINLEY-HOWE which serves the Bi-polar and mentally sick here in his district ? INSTEAD he and QUINN are grandstanding for the 3rd airport that will never open and if it does they will never go or come to it!
BUTCH October 24, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I realize now people around here have memory lapses and or do not know who Manny was besides mayor of HOMEWOOD he was the # 2 man in the potent at the time Bloom twnsp GOP. This is on topic because it could not have happened without Chuck's approval, In a primary for congress AIPAC ordered and helped Manny to work with the Democrat's who did not approve of GUS SAVAGE'S independence and refusal to be a water boy for AIPAC and the CHGO MACHINE the GOP of Bloom and Rich which were far less in numbers vote in the DEM primary for MEL REYNOLDS they did at unprecedented 95% and up levels in HOMEWOOD and FLOSSMOOR. Gus was ambushed and MEL who was a manufactured and flawed man and candidate went on to congress and then we have the double crossing and framing of MEL, the set up began as soon as he opened a office in HOMEWOOD which JR still uses! so the hilarious part is non existant like Jr a phantom represenative u want the rest of the story??
BUTCH October 25, 2012 at 12:51 AM
no takers?

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