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History - 1960s

1960:  Studies by the Commission of organized crime operations throughout the nation were turned over to federal prosecution and investigative agencies, providing substantial assistance in fighting syndicate operations. Commission staff members played important roles in the work of both the Kefauver and McClelkin Committees investigating organized crime and rackets. Much of the evidence obtained at hearings of these committees was predicated on data furnished by the Commission.   
1963: The Commission announced it was solidly and unqualifiedly behind the police reform program of Chicago Police Superintendent O.W. Wilson. The Commission and Mr. Wilson also were opposed to House Bill 298, which would sanction police unions. The potential danger in such a bill was the opportunity it could provide for union strikes by the police and the consequent complete break-down of law enforcement.
1966: In its continued attack on organized crime, the Commission announced a seven-point legislative program designed to bolster police and prosecution officials in their attempt to improve law enforcement.
1968: The Commission focused public attention on organized crime. In October 1967, a 20-page booklet entitled, "The Chicago Crime Commission Spotlight on Organized Crime - The Chicago Syndicate," was prepared and given wide distribution. Listed in this publication were 214 individuals with criminal syndicate affiliations or associations and 42 business firms having direct or indirect connections with crime syndicate figures.