It is October. It is election season. It is the time of the October Surprise. Is their going to be an October surprise in the Illinois Senate campaign? Are some canaries tweeting?
Is there a big surprise coming for a certain Chicago Mob Banker? According to some- maybe. Alexi Giannoulias has been plagued by reports that he and his family owned Broadway Bank loaned money to mobsters. Alexi has danced around the allegations. It got so bad, a reporter for a media outlet, in the tank for Alexi, point blank told his opponent, Mark Kirk, they would not be reporting anything about the mobsters- they wanted to hear about the issues. Being married to the mob is not an issue?
It appears there is more to the story. Alexi and the mobsters may be tied to more loans and with more criminals. There are actual documents being held by a bank with all the details- and Alexi’s signature is all over them.
Worse, Senator Dick “The Enforcer” Durbin’s office has been in contact with the bank. Sources say The Enforcer wants the document buried. Deep. Or there will be trunk music. Al Martino was heard in the background singing “Speak Softly Love“. Shots were heard too. Some adenoid voice was heard saying “leave the gun and take the canoli“, before the connection was broken.
But, wait, there’s more! There are some verrrrrrrrrrrry embarrassing names on those documents. So, will the bank release the documents- putting a hit on Alexi? Will Mark Kirk file an FOIA request to get the documents? Will the Enforcer send in a couple of refrigerator sized guys named Meat to batter the the bankers to destroy the documents? Will a deal they cannot refuse be tendered? Will the bank open to find the severed head of a donkey on the lobby floor?
In the mean time, if you are a geek, wonk, or one of those accounting types, look through this.