Johnny “No Nose” DiFronzo.
When wealthy Park Ridge foot doctor Dr. Anthony Borrelli and right-wing psychologist Dr. Dathan Paterno were elected to the Park Ridge District 64 school board, they promised a tough line towards the the teachers union. They would run things like a business.
So, naturally the facilities director Scott Mackall hired a mob-connected company for air conditioning work at my old Field School.
When questioned about the mob-owned dumpster spotted behind Field School, Mackall went all, “I don’t know nothin.”
A company with alleged ties to Chicago organized crime has been brought on as a subcontractor for a Park Ridge elementary school construction project.
A green dumpster belonging to D&P Construction recently appeared outside Field School, 707 Wisner St., ahead of an air conditioning, heating and ventilation project slated to occur this summer.
Scott Mackall, Director of Facility Management for Park Ridge-Niles School District 64, said he was told D&P is providing only the dumpster for the project and was subcontracted by Palatine-based Bergen Construction Corporation, which is the company performing the bulk of the work.
“We’re writing [Bergen] the checks,” Mackall said.
The Better Government Association reported in 2012 that the FBI believes D&P Construction is run by two brothers with Chicago mob connections: Peter DiFronzo and John “No Nose” DiFronzo. During the 2007 “Family Secrets” mob trial in Chicago, the BGA said John DiFronzo was implicated in the murders of two mob brothers, but was not charged with a crime.
According to a 2008 report by the BGA and the Chicago Sun-Times, D&P “was the focus of a Gaming Board disciplinary case that stopped Emerald Casino Inc. from building a floating gambling barge in Rosemont in 2001.” The report also stated that the Gaming Board “linked D&P to individuals who have been identified as known members of organized crime.”
D&P Construction has been used on projects for a number of Chicago Public Schools, according to a 2011 investigation by the BGA and Fox 32.
Mackall said he was unaware of the allegations of mob ties and D&P Construction.
“I’ve never heard that at all,” he said.