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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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 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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