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Page 6 -- The Michigan Daily - Sunday, September 11, 1983

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CHICAGO (AP) - Nearly $10,000 in.
pampaign funds targeted for former
Mayor Jane Byrne's unsuccessful re-
election campaign wound up in the
hands of leaders of Chicago's most
notorious street gang, a newspaper
reports.
' The Chicago Sun-Times reported in a
6opyright story for Sunday editions that
the money was part of $70,000 passed
from the Cook County Democratic Party
to state Rep. Larry Bullock, who was in
charge of Byrne's re-election effort on
the city's South Side.
WITHIN DAYS OF the transaction,
authorities reported members of El
Rukns - considered by police to be
among Chicago's most sophisticated
drug-peddling and extortion operators
- began promoting Byrne's campaign
during the hotly contested Democratic
mayoral primary in February.
"The El Rukns are where the Mafia
was in the 1930s," said Detective David

Kolovitz, a gang specialist assigned to
the Presidential Anti-Drug Task Force
in Chicago. "They lack only education,
expertise and anonymity. They are the
ultimate street gang."
Byrne, Bullock and Alderman Ed-
ward Vrodolyak, county Democratic
Party chairman, all denied knowledge
that El Rukns leaders obtained some of
the campaign funds.
RICHARD DEVINE, assistant to
county State's Attorney Richard Daley,
said his office "would certainly look at
any information" to see if there might
have been criminal activity.
Police said gang members handed
out campaign literature, canvassed
voters and put up between 700 and 1,000
posters of Byrne on eight buildings
owned by the gang, the newspaper said.
The gang also sponsored a rally in her
bahalf, printed her literature on their.
own presses and served as poll wat-
chers in some precints, said Kolovitz.

PAYMENTS TO individuals for ser-
vices identified as."polling expenses"
ranged from several hundred dollars to
about 12,500, the Sun-Times said. It said
the payments were unusually high for
such work and reported many in-
dividuals who wound up with campaign
money had extensive criminal records.
When presented by the newspaper
with a list of names, Byrne said she
recognized several and termed their
participation in her effort
"despicable."
Vrdolyak said he did not recognize
any of the names, adding, "Bullock was
the coordinator for everything. He ran
our whole organization in the black
community."
Bullock said he was unaware that any
of his campaign supervisors were El
Rukns.
El Rukns, founded eight years ago af-
ter the dissolution of the Blackstone
Rangers street gang, claims more than
500 members.

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Last respects ^P'o*
Air Force Chaplain Col. John Doonan prays as pallbearers remove the body of Marine Randy Clark, 19, of Minong,
Wisc. from the Air Force C-141 cargo plane that brought him back to Dover, Del. yesterday. Clark was one of two
Marines killed in Beirut September 6.

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