Tribune photo by Carl Wagner
September 20, 1999
Chicago Ald. Fred Roti (1st) makes a statement and answers a few questions to reporters in his City Hall office on Dec. 19, 1990, after being indicted as part of Operation Gambat, the federal investigation of organzied crime in the 1st Ward. Roti, who was rumored to be a "made member" of the Chicago Outfit, was convicted in 1993 on 11 counts of racketeering and extortion. Among other things, he was found guilty of taking $10,000 for influencing a civil court case at $7,500 to support a routine zoning change in his ward. But he was cleared of fixing a 1981 Chinatown murder trial.