Gangsters Masquerading as Politicians –Alexi Giannoulias

By Bridgette

Welcome to the Illinois Rogue Gallery of Gangsters who masquerade as honest politicians, “friends” of politicians, associates of politicians, union officials and their notorious thugs, underground criminals, and the endless parade of their debtors or creditors.  Their mentality of  “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine”  has led to a mafia type organization with corruption to match.  Opposition leads to usual/unusual consequences including  suspect suicide and deaths.  Although their game  increased profits for Chicago and state morticians, their gangland stronghold kept the city from thriving.   Knowledge about the inner workings and connections in Illinois are the backdrop to the shenanigans we are watching on the Washington, D.C. stage.  

Following the path of these people will shine a brighter “green”  light on those that now inhabit the White House and those who are occupying the Washington, D.C. administration.  Previously, they were all in bed with each other and they continue their backroom deals,  back scratching,  and hand washing across state lines.  Much as they are accustomed to the gangster world, we the people are now their unwitting and unwilling victims. 

With friends such as these, who needs enemies?   Ooops, I forgot, those opposing or criticizing opposition to anything “they”  choose to do are the enemies.  Oh come on, we’ve already been called mobsters, accused of being members of the KKK, and right-wing terrorists so what’s another label.  Is being an enemy a step-up or step-down from those labels?   

Let’s take a look at one costumed politician.           

Alexi Giannoulias

                            Illinois State Treasurer, Running for the Senate (D)

NBC Chicago describes him,  “Basically Eddie Haskell to Obama’s Wally Cleaver.  State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is a former ‘Bama b-ball buddy, emulator of the president’s mannerisms, and would-be senator seeking the approbation of a White House that has yet to lend its full-throated support to the Greek town scion.

The youngest person ever to be elected State Treasurer, Giannoulias has youthful vigor and charisma on his side, and a track record of modest in-office accomplishments.”

Alexi was the son of Anna and Alexis, both Greek immigrants.  Demetris and George are his older brothers.  Alexi attended Tulane University Law School and after law school he returned to Chicago and joined Broadway Bank that his family owned. While there between 2002 – 2006, he held the positions of Vice President and senior loan officer. 

During the 2006 campaign for Illinois State Treasurer he was endorsed by U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Jessee Jackson, Jr.  Additionally, Senator Barack Obama gave his endorsement to Alexi.  Like Obama, Alexi had little experience for the State Treasurer position that he won. Has he received any accolades for how the state’s monies have been handled?  

Convicted felon, Tony Rezko, received real estate development loans from Broadway Bank.  Rezko was convicted of fraud and money laundering in 2009.  According to Sean Hannity this week, Rezko still has not been incarcerated, and no one knows where he is being housed.   Rezko was supposedly “singing” for the Feds, and so his prison date still hasn’t been set.   It appears that the Feds have a real hidden asset in the upcoming trial for Rod Blagojevich.   Although Alexi was at the bank when Rezko took out the loans, supposedly he didn’t personally approve them.  

Michael Giorango, another convicted felon, received real estate development loans from Broadway Bank.  Giorango was convicted for prostitution and bookmaking.  Alexi claimed he wasn’t on the Loan Committee that approved the loans to Michael.  Who was responsible for making all of these bad loans?  

According to Wiki, “Giannoulias was endorsed by Planned Parenthood, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), AFSCME, the AFL-CIO, and the Sierra Club. He was also endorsed by U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky, Luis Gutierrez, Michael Quigley, Bill Foster and Phil Hare. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, the Assistant Majority Leader and second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate, has endorsed Giannoulias and serves as the chairman of the Giannoulias Senate campaign.” Do you see any Red Flags from these endorsements?

What is the connection between Tony Rezko, Alexi Giannoulias, and Barack Obama? Are they just basketball chums?

Snips from Bloomberg’s article below gives a little more information about the man and his business acumen when he was working for the family’s business, Broadway Bank.  Yes, this man wants to follow in Obama’s basketball shoes!  

Obama Friend’s Bank Shut Down During U.S. Senate Bid
April 23 (Bloomberg) — U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic nominee seeking the seat once held by President Barack Obama in Illinois, vowed to press on with his campaign after regulators seized the bank his family owns. [Where’s Timothy Geithner when we need him? Obama allowed his pal’s bank to fail and be taken over? Tread marks?]

“My campaign for the United States Senate goes forward, with a renewed determination to turn Illinois’s economy around and to fix what’s broken in Washington, D.C.,” Giannoulias said.

Broadway Bank had been operating since January under terms of a consent order with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. because of commercial real-estate loan losses.

“Unlike the big Wall Street banks, there was no bailout for my father’s bank,” Giannoulias said, fighting back tears at a news conference at a Chicago hotel. “It is an incredibly sad and heartbreaking day for me and for my family.”

The bank, whose profits helped finance and provide credibility to Giannoulias’s successful 2006 state treasurer bid, has shaped a contest for a seat Democrats have unexpectedly found themselves defending and one that will help determine whether Obama’s party keeps its Senate majority.

Republican nominee Mark Kirk, 50, a five-term congressman from Chicago’s northern suburbs, has repeatedly suggested Giannoulias, 34, exercised bad judgment while working at the bank from 2002 through 2006 as a senior loan officer and vice president.

‘Risky Lending Schemes’

While years of risky lending schemes, hot money investments and loans to organized crime led to today’s failure, it’s a sad day for Broadway Bank employees who may lose their jobs due to Mr. Giannoulias’ reckless business practices,” Kirk’s campaign said in a statement.

Expecting Support
Giannoulias said he expects support from the White House, although stopped short of saying he had commitments for such things as fundraising help. “I can’t tell you what date they are coming and what they’re going to be doing exactly, but they’re supportive,” he said. “They’re going to come and campaign for me and all Democrats.”

Giannoulias, who first met the president through basketball, helped Obama tap Chicago’s Greek-American community for contributions during his Senate and presidential bids.

FDIC closes Broadway Bank, Amcore, two others
 April 23, 2010

“Banking regulators seized Broadway Bank, the family-run lender that helped launch U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias’ political career. Giannoulias worked for his father at Chicago-based Broadway before entering politics, and the bank’s struggles in recent years with real estate loans gone bad have weighed on Giannoulias’ Democratic bid for higher office.

The government said Broadway’s four branches will reopen Saturday as branches of MB Financial Bank.

In other actions by the FDIC, the government took over Rockford-based Amcore Bank N.A., and sold certain of its assets and liabilities to Harris Bank. Citizens Bank & Trust Co. of Chicago, with assets of $77.3 million, was also seized and is being acquired by Republic Bank of Chicago in Oak Brook.”


190 responses to “Gangsters Masquerading as Politicians –Alexi Giannoulias

    • Scandal: Obama, Gore, Goldman, Joyce Foundation CCX partners to fleece USA
      I pulled up your link and feel back into my chair! everyday its what next? and now this? I’m just blown away!!

      Warm bath, and moisturize!! I’ll be back in a few…

    • Brings to mind TerriK……. She turned up infoo about the Royal trust funds owning all the native Hawaiian lands …….all ocean front properties on Maui etc……all managed by Goldman
      Sachs. This was discovered right before her site went black!
      Clearly there is enough money in the trusts themselves to bankroll quite alot of. Crap and trade…..
      This seems to be what they do……..back to my name game……what was it? Fact-turn? When they bring out a story very publicly but alter the facts…… Like hiding in plain site. The bad guy is Goldman Sachs,,,,,,,,,but the crime is a smoke screen being used to herd the “cattle” into the pen….right into crap & trade
      (by the way, they say that Obie is no match for Blogo…….we shall soon see!)

      • AOne, Is that when her site went out ? I am hoping she is moisturizing and getting ready for the “Waltz of the Stars” !!

    • Renee, thanks. I missed Glenn Beck’s show that day. It is AMAZING, isn’t it? When WILL this hit the lamestream media?

      Oh, yeah. Never, because it involves their messiah. Besides which, they have the convenient distraction of AZ to focus upon.

      I wonder if any of this has to do with Lindsey Graham’s sudden backing away from cap and tax? We thought his support may be blackmail on account of his personal life. Now I wonder if, perhaps, he somehow stood to gain, too? Just sayin’.

      We already know that there are NO coincidences anymore.

  1. Anyone know that Belgum’s government failed ?
    It involves bail out of a big bank.

  2. Mayor Gordon backs off vote to sue Arizona over immigration

    by Scott Wong – Apr. 27, 2010 04:54 PM
    The Arizona Republic

  3. Two comments today:

    Congress can eagerly and thoroughly read leaked email, but they don’t bother to read the bills they pass.

    A judge rules that the U of Wyoming MUST let unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers speak on campus because fear of potential violence isn’t a good enough reason to squelch free speech.

    You think they’ll use that same reasoning when Muslims object to speakers like Pam Geller, Brigitte Gabriel, or even Trey Parker or Matt Stone? Hmmm?


    News you won’t see in the lamestream media. 1000 protest Obama’s appearance in a town of only 5500 people!

  5. Question about the Payne family:

    Does Madelyn have any female relative named Bernice Payne?

  6. B. Payne lived next door to SAD when she went to school in Washington………coincidence???

  7. AOne: You know where I’m coming from. Just curious who she is.

  8. Emma Bernice Bishop Dunham – the names of Hawaiian Royalty…..more coinkidinks??….used by MAD as allias’?
    They did seem to have lots of those.
    A person of that name did live in the building…..also the touts….lived there.
    What kind of name is toutgounghi anyway? Nationality? Anna Toot??

  9. The real thing for TODAY !
    Voting on Puerto Rico. Will give them more voting power then almost half our states. While all are watching AZ. This is a big thing TODAY.

  10. Packing heat and wearing body armour…To battle the hooligan grandmas in case they throw bingo chips ?

  11. Thanks Hillary. You really care about Americans rights…It shows.

    Cabby – AZ // April 29, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Re. 2nd Amendment Rights:

    I got this in an e-mail today. It is not new info, but does reemphasize that there won’t be any “need” for BO to restrict firearms if Hillary continues on with her plans re. U.N.:


    Dear fellow patriot,

    With willing one-world accomplices in Washington, D.C., gun-grabbers around the globe believe they have it made.

    In fact, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just announced the Obama Administration would be working hand in glove with the UN to pass a new “Small Arms Treaty.”

    This is Congressman Paul Broun from Georgia.

    I’m writing you to make sure American citizens are prepared to oppose this assault on our national sovereignty and right to keep and bear arms.

    Disguised as legislation to help in the fight against “terrorism,” “insurgency” and “international crime syndicates,” the UN’s Small Arms Treaty is nothing more than a massive, GLOBAL gun control scheme.

    Ultimately, the UN’s Small Arms Treaty is designed to register, ban and CONFISCATE firearms owned by private citizens like YOU.

    From : CW

    • Cellini is accused of helping shake down a Hollywood producer and politically connected Chicago investor Thomas Rosenberg for $1.5 million in campaign cash for Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Cellini also is accused as a point man in a plot to remove U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald as federal prosecutor.”

      “Cellini really began to pile up the cash when then-Gov. Thompson gave him a state gaming license. Webb and Zagel were young prosecutors under then-U.S. Atty. Thompson. Later, Zagel was director of the state’s Department of Revenue under Thompson. Webb ran the State Police.
      Everybody knows somebody. So, no, Illinois politics isn’t a Robert Ludlum novel.
      Illinois is Six Degrees of Bill Cellini.” my digs ALOT that Thompson name.. Clementine Hunter lived and worked on the Thompson plantation in W. Louisiana. The elderly locals say she had children with Mr Thompson the landowner and was his mistress… She was a cook there and an artist later in life. See the African, round painted hut on the plantation online… It is also on an old Sandcastles thread too.
      Hunter Thompson-Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas…
      Reil Hunter…John Edwards baby mama…

      Maybe I need some Edwards pie now..

      Webb…like Del (Diehl-Del-Dial-Dell-Dale)
      Del Webb-built Bugsy SEGAL’s casino in Las Vegas.
      Too bad he had no DELL computer to keep the books with. Maybe Bugs would have done better accounting…

      Here we go rund the mullBERRY BUSH, all the live long day…


    Kate says it best. She is always the astute voice of reality.

    • Afraid of flying bingo chips and AARP cards ?
      I bet those policemen were embarrased.
      I bet they were sweating bad in those black suits too.
      I bet the companies making body armour are making a real fortune.
      I wrote about those nice companies on TD.

      Jailing people is contracted out now and is a huge money making business…..

    • In his case, Toutonghi is an Egyptian name. Mother was Latvian.

      • When I researched them, I believe the name was Armenian. It was also spelled h. They weren’t in the census records through 1930, and I tried all kinds of misspellings. I found one family, Lorice Toutonghi, in the LA area. (1907 – 1991). SS Death Benefits were sent to Zip Code: 98112 Madison Park, King Co., Washington / Seattle, King Co, Washington. I found land records for them.

        When I checked LDS, a new person is there.
        Camille TOUTONGHI – U.S. Social Security Death Index Birth: 18 Oct 1961. State Where Number was Issued: Washington Death: 20 Aug 2009. An obit should appear in a Washington newspaper.

        Highly unusual that there are only two people by that name on LDS. It was as unusual as finding only one Soetoro…Lolo. What are the odds of that?

        Also, for Bernice Payne. Through the 1920 census, there was no Bernice in Washington. There was a Beulah I. Payne, age 21 living in Seattle, King Co., 158-Ward. She was born in Iowa, and her mother and father were born in Illinois. She had a radio and lived by herself . The street name was unreadable, but it was next to Pine Street. There were 85 Paynes in King Co. in 1920.

        • Lorice is apparently Mary’s mother-in-law.

          • If my memory serves me, and I would have to look it up; a Joseph and Mary were named in an immigration record that I found. I believe I remember them because of the religious names. Will check.

        • Beulah I. Payne…

          Inglewood, Ca. Right near where the Rodney KING riots happened…S. side of LA…

            • Hot Hot Hot !!

              Rosser H. PAYNE et al., Appellants,
              B. Austin NEWTON, Jr., Administrator, Estate of Beulah E. Payne, et al., Appellees.
              No. 17614.
              No. 17615.
              United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit.
              Argued June 14, 1963.
              Decided September 19, 1963.
              Petition for Rehearing En Banc Denied October 22, 1963.
              Petition for Rehearing by the Division Denied October 22, 1963.
              Mr. Donald K. Graham, Washington, D. C., with whom Messrs. Frank J. Whalen, Jr., and Robert P. Forrestal, Washington, D. C., were on the brief, for appellants.

              Mr. Wesley E. McDonald, Washington, D. C., for appellee, Newton, Administrator of the Estate of Beulah E. Payne.

              Messrs. William T. Pace and William H. McCullough, Mt. Rainier, Md., entered appearances for appellee, Jett, Executor.

              Before DANAHER, WRIGHT and McGOWAN, Circuit Judges.

              McGOWAN, Circuit Judge.

              These appeals may, in our view, be disposed of by reference to a single issue. That is whether, under the circumstances here involved, the right of a surviving incompetent widow to renounce her husband’s will continues beyond her own death. For the reasons set forth hereinafter, we hold that it does not.

              • Rosser-Like ROSS again, as well as the names GRAHAM, PACE and WHALEN again ?
                All names that come up over and over in my reading AGAIN ?

                HOT ! HOT ! HOT !

                • Beulah I, Like Sandy I Wiel ? He said it did not stand for any name… ( The I initial) he said his mom told him he could decide what that I stood for when he grew up…..

                  I smell that smell…

                  Names starting with I ?


    Annette Toutonghi, Seattle-educated actress. Nickname atoot20.

  14. All lies. Our seniors are now the bad guys ?

    The first intel advisory was issued on Friday, 23 April 2010, and identifies the terrorist threat adversaries as “Local Militia Groups / Anti-Government Protesters / TEA Party.”

    You read that right: “TEA Party”!

    The alert states that plans for the demonstration may have been interrupted by “Federal and local law enforcement” raids on a “White Supremacists Organization,” but “TEA Party organizers have stated that they will protest at the Gold Vault at a future date.”

    Further, the intel advisory states, “Anti-Government – Health Care Protesters have stated that they would join the TEA Party as a sign of solidarity.”

    In accordance with the exercise, Ft. Knox post security is placed on high alert because, “these groups are armed, have combative training and some are former Military Snipers. Some may have explosives training / experience,” and “a rally at their compound / training area is scheduled.”

    Another intel update was issued on Monday, 26 April 2010, noting that the “rally at the Militia compound occurred,” and “Viable threats … have been made.” The intel on the rally notes, “Many members were extremely agitated at what they referred to as Government intervention and over taxation in their lives. Alcohol use ‘fanned the flames.’ Many military grade firearms were openly carried. An ad hoc ‘shoot the government agent’ event was held with prizes (alcohol) given for the best shot placement.”

    The report states further, “Components of bomb making are reported to have been on the site. Some members have criminal records relating to explosive and weapons violations.”

    In response to the “immediate threat,” the exercise stipulates, “local detention centers are being made ready for mass arrests.” Both the “QRF I and QRF II” are placed on two hour recall, and the “5-15 CAV” was ordered to “draw weapons from holder and store in most available arms room,” and “coordinate with MASA for immediate ammunition draw; have equipment readied for immediate use, i.e. vehicles staged and loaded IAW 5-15 CAV SOP; LMR’s charged.”

    QRF refers to Quick Reaction Force. QRF I is the 16th Cavalry Regiment. QRF II is the 194th Armored Brigade.

    The 26 April order gives specific instructions for the 5-15 CAV (a 16th Cavalry battalion) to have weapons, ammo, vehicles and communications at ready, and it places the other 2,200 members of the units on two-hour recall. In other words, these orders are to gear up for defending Ft. Knox against Tea Party folks and their co-conspirators who oppose nationalization of our health care sector.

    Now, for almost 30 years I have participated in the development and implementation of small and large scale military exercises within the U.S. and around the world.

    Such exercises are critical to the readiness of our forces, and the standard for the real time intel reports in these drills requires thinly veiled references to assets of existing or collateral threat vectors such as communist regimes such as China and real terrorist networks such as al-Qa’ida, etc.

    Perhaps the writers of such exercises today should focus on response plans for, say, an Islamic terrorist who attacks a post. (See Ft. Hood / Major Nidal Malik Hasan.)

    The Ft. Knox exercise is not only amateurish in its construct, but also sets an ominous political precedent.

    The military officers and enlisted personnel with whom I spoke are all dedicated uniformed Patriots who are loyal, first and foremost, to their oath to “support and defend” our Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

    Their concerns about this exercise mirrored my own. As one put it, the exercise “misrepresents freedom loving Americans as drunken, violent racists — the opponents of Obama’s policies have been made the enemy of the U.S. Army.”

    They were equally concerned that command staff at Ft. Knox had signed off on this exercise, noting, “it has been issued and owned by field grade officers who lead.

  15. What’s up with this ? SWAT teams ?

    More then an oil spill ?

  16. What Is He Thinking? Giannoulias Takes a Page Out of Blagojevich Campaign Book
    April 30, 2010 Snips

    Illinois Democratic Senate Candidate, Alexi Giannoulias, is taking a page of disgraced former Governor Rod Blagojevich’s campaign book, in an attempting to turn a negative in his own background into a negative for his opponent Congressman Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) by airing a controversial attack ad that blames Kirk and the Republicans for the failure of Broadway Bank, which was closed by the FDIC last Friday for unsafe and unsound practices.

    After the announcement by the FDIC that Broadway bank was being closed, Giannoulias immediately went on the offensive with a political ad that blamed his opponent, Kirk, for voting for policies backed by former President George W. Bush that he claimed “got us into this mess”.

    Giannoulias did not state how President Bush’s policies caused the bank to make “risky” loans as detailed by the FDIC in its decision to close the bank.

    • I know just the song Bridgette for this situation.

      • Just another Anderson in the neighborhood…

        The Twist at Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri.


          Come on baybaaah ! Lets do the twist !
          OOOh baybaaah lets do the twist !

          Let’s twista twist ! It goes like this…
          Ahhhh !
          Round and around and around and around !
          Let’s do the twist !

          • That is toooo funny Renee! I new it!! before I got done with the first paragraph I was thinking its Bush’s fault!. Giannoulias is going to blame his banks failure on Bush…damn if he dident. The liberals we have running the country are psychotic morons.

  17. Oh Bridgette dear, They do NOT want to talk about Broadway Bank…hummm….cannot imagine why can you ?

  18. During the 2006 campaign for Illinois State Treasurer he was endorsed by U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Jessee Jackson, Jr. Additionally, Senator Barack Obama gave his endorsement to Alexi. Like Obama, Alexi had little experience for the State Treasurer position that he won. Has he received any accolades for how the state’s monies have been handled?

    Who is she please ?

    • Giannoulias was born in Chicago to Greek immigrants. His mother, Anna, is from Chania, and his late father, Alexis, was from Kalavryta.[4] He has two older brothers, Demetris and George.ur[5] Giannoulias attended The Latin School of Chicago and then the University of Chicago before transferring to Boston University. Giannoulias graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He then moved to Greece to play basketball with Panionios B.C. for a year (1998–99).[4]

      Giannoulias had played basketball at The Latin School of Chicago,[6] and played Division III basketball at the University of Chicago. Giannoulias was named to the America East Conference Academic Honor Roll each of the two years he played at Division I Boston University[7]

      After returning from Greece, Giannoulias attended Tulane University Law School. Upon earning his law degree, Alexi returned to Chicago to help manage Broadway Bank, a community bank in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood that was founded by his father in 1979.[4]

      Giannoulias served on the board of directors of the Community Banker’s Association of Illinois Legislative Committee, the South Side/Wabash YMCA, and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. Giannoulias also founded and chaired the AG Foundation, a not-for-profit charity that donated money to treat child-related illnesses, curb poverty and assist disaster relief organizations.

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