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History - 1950s

1952:  A distraught tobacco wholesaler turned to the Chicago Crime Commission for help against competition that was undercutting prices by using phony cigarette tax stamps, thereby not paying the tax. A Commission investigation found the Capone mob in the tobacco business and reported the findings to Governor Stevenson. On May 3rd, the first guilty verdict was handed down by a criminal court against Max Dolgin. Twenty-two people went on trial at a later date for tax-stamp fraud.
1955: The Commission's rigorous investigations exposed an auto towing racket that revealed collusion among police officers, towers, and garages. As a result, the Commissioner of Police created a new bureau, headed by a police captain, to eliminate the abuses.
1957: The Commission led the fight at a closed session of the Illinois State Legislature to defeat legislation that, if enacted, would have seriously hampered law enforcement. Senate Bill #1389, which would have legalized pari-mutuel betting on Jai Alai, opened the door to other forms of legalized gambling, and would have added to an already increasing crime problem. House Bill #215 would have hindered police work, virtually eliminated questioning of suspects in murder, kidnapping, and other serious crimes, prevented opportunity for victims to view and identify suspects, and aided only the criminal element.