Rocco Pranno

Rocco Salvatore Pranno (December 18, 1916 - July 1979) was a Chicago mobster and member of the Chicago Outfit who operated on the city's West Side. photo is Rocco Potenza

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I am a nephew of Rocco Pranno. This picture is NOT of Rocco Pranno.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Pranno's criminal record stretched back to 1934 and included charges of armed robbery, extortion, murder and bombing. Pranno served one year in prison for assault and battery, at the Joliet Prison, in Joliet, Illinois. He was later convicted of conspiracy and extortion and sentenced to 15-years imprisonment in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary, in Leavenworth, Kansas.

The pace of development then picked up, with more than half of the area's housing stock constructed during the 1950s. Its size and poverty also made Stone Park vulnerable to organized crime, for which it became notorious. Local lore suggests that Al Capone ran a brewery there during Prohibition, while the hometown boy and gangland criminal Rocco Pranno made Stone Park his base of operations in the 1960s. For a time Pranno's brother controlled all political offices in the town, while Pranno himself ran a crime syndicate from his office table at the Robert's Key Club on North Mannheim Road. Since the 1960s, Stone Park has transcended its gangland image.[

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