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Chicago Messenger Betting Services Raid #258343

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 16, 1978
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(Studio) Report on law enforcement discovery of Chicago messenger service that purported to take bettors' money to tracks for them.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Seizure of records and money by fed., state and local agents in what is said to be one of biggest raids ever in Chicago area detailed. [Illinois department of law enforcement spokesperson Tyrone FAHNER - notes about 75% of money taken in goes to messenger service, not racetrack.] Illinois attempts to outlaw messenger services and lawsuits resulting from legislature outlined. Illinois racetrack troubles and law officials' complaints that organized crime is becoming heavily involved in messenger services reported [Chicago crime commission spokesperson Stephen SCHILLER - states evidence of organized crime involvement.] [FAHNER - describes organized crime takeover of messenger services.] Proposal of some Illinois legislature to legalize off-track betting and have it run by state noted.

Cronkite, Walter;
Faw, Bob

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