McCook po­lice chief in­dicted in ex­tor­tion scheme re­lated to cor­rup­tion case of sub­urb’s ex-mayor

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY JON SEI­DEL, FED­ERAL COURTS RE­PORTER jsei­del@sun­times.com | @Sei­delCon­tent

The po­lice chief of tiny west subur­ban McCook has been in­dicted in an ex­tor­tion scheme re­lated to the cor­rup­tion case against the vil­lage’s for­mer mayor, Jeff Tobol­ski.

Mario DePasquale has been charged with ex­tor­tion, con­spir­acy to com­mit ex­tor­tion and at­tempted ex­tor­tion more than two weeks af­ter Tobol­ski, also a for­mer Cook County com­mis­sioner, ad­mit­ted to his role in a scheme that in­volved an un­named McCook po­lice of­fi­cer.

DePasquale’s name also ap­peared in search war­rant doc­u­ments one year ago when the feds tar­geted Tobol­ski’s may­oral of­fices amid a series of subur­ban raids.

DePasquale could not im­me­di­ately be reached for com­ment Fri­day evening, when the in­dict­ment was filed in fed­eral court. An at­tor­ney for DePasquale was not listed on the docket.

Tobol­ski pleaded guilty to an ex­tor­tion con­spir­acy and fil­ing a false tax re­turn ear­lier this month, ad­mit­ting he en­gaged in mul­ti­ple ex­tor­tion and bribery schemes in­volv­ing his two of­fices and ac­cept­ing more than $250,000 in pay­ments “as part of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity that in­volved more than five par­tic­i­pants.”

His plea agree­ment laid out the de­tails of only one scheme, though — the one the feds now al­lege in­volved DePasquale. It in­volved a restau­rant that signed a five-year deal with McCook in 2013 to use vil­lage prop­erty.

Ac­cord­ing to DePasquale’s in­dict­ment, he al­legedly de­manded one of the restau­rant’s own­ers pay him and Tobol­ski $1,500 for each themed event the owner’s com­pany wanted to host at the restau­rant. Tobol­ski and DePasquale al­legedly planned for DePasquale to go to the restau­rant on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions to col­lect money from the owner, and then the feds say the men split the cash.

DePasquale also al­legedly told the restau­rant owner to con­trib­ute to Tobol­ski’s po­lit­i­cal cam­paign. The owner did so to make sure DePasquale and Tobol­ski did not in­ter­fere with the restau­rant, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment.

Though court records in the cases in­volv­ing DePasquale and Tobol­ski have not named the restau­rant, the feds also last year seized records re­lated to a restau­rant once known as The Pub at The Max — lo­cated in­side a McCook-owned in­door sports com­plex.

Mario DePasquale

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