John D’Arco Jr. in 1990, then Illinois State Senator and Assistant Majority Leader.
Still, Johnny absolutely revered his father – to a ridiculous extent. Once, we were together in a Vegas casino waiting in line to get our chips. In front of us, unshaven and very disheveled, was the famous University of Alabama football coach, Bear Bryant. When the cashier refused to cash in his chips before he paid off his markers, he got all grumpy and yelled, “Don’t you know who I am?” A few minutes later, when Johnny got to the window, the cashier asked him about his own markers and he said, “Don’t you know who my father is?”
That was Johnny. I just looked up at the ceiling. Why would some cashier in Vegas know about an old former alderman from Chicago? At times like this, you just wanted to give Johnny a slap and tell him to grow up already.
From 1986 to 1989, criminal defense attorney Robert Cooley wore a recording device and developed criminal cases against mobsters and corrupt officials. His investigation led to nine federal trials in the Nineties and convictions or guilty pleas for twenty-four.
“Bob is every bit the hero because he didn’t have to
do what he did.”
Tom Durkin, former First
Assistant U.S. Attorney
“The man is a paragon of corruption. The man is
Criminal Defense Attorney
Edward M. Genson
Never has a federal investigation accomplished
so much, and never has an investigation revolved as
much around one man. But
to this day, the reasons why Cooley decided to cooperate with federal authorities remain a mystery.