Ben Stein's company held the lucrative contract at McCormick Place in the 1960s. During this period the janitor king enjoyed close personal ties to syndicate hoodlums like Joe Glimco (nee: Giuseppe Glielmi), the long-time boss of Teamster's Local 777 of the Taxicab Driver's Union. Glimco was the outfit's top labor czar who muscled into at least 15 different Teamster locals in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a power in the jukebox and coin machine industry for many years, with a well-deserved reputation for vicious cunning and ruthlessness. In a 30-year slant of Joey's life he was arrested 38 times on a variety of charges stemming from armed robbery to murder. Appearing before the Kefauver Committee of the U.S. Senate in 1950, Glimco took the Fifth Amendment 80 times. Proving this was no fluke, Joey clammed up before another committee of note - the Senate McClellan Committee, citing his Fifth Amendment privileges 152 times.There's more:
Stein's association with the diminutive and now deceased Glimco is well-documented. The U.S. Government indicted the janitor king in 1964 after it was revealed that he rewarded Glimco with a television set. Free airline tickets were given to Edward "Red" Donovan of Local 755 of the Teamster's Union, and a health club membership was purchased for Harold Hawkins, business agent of Local 25 of the Janitor's Union. Judge Richard B. Austin reviewed the evidence and found Stein guilty on six of the 10 counts listed in the indictment, and sentenced him to 18 months in a Federal prison.Rahm Emanuel's Chicago.