Coli Agrees to Cooperate with Feds to Get Lighter Sentence

Former Chicago Teamster power-broker John Coli pleaded guilty two days ago, and has agreed to cooperate in investigations in exchange for a sentence of less than two years in prison.

coli_thumb.jpgColi pleaded guilty to taking payoffs -- $325,000 according to the indictment – from an employer in the movie industry. He also got the free use of a yacht from a vendor.

Even worse, Coli’s actions have damaged our union’s reputation, and the reputation of every honest Teamster officer working daily for members. Corruption undermines our union’s ability to organize and to involve our members in the union.

Coli was a Hoffa-aligned International vice president until his defeat in the 2016 IBT election by Teamsters United candidates in the Central Region, and remained the head of Chicago Joint Council 25, which covers some 101,000 Teamsters in Illinois. His son now heads Local 727. 

He has been expelled from the union. His protégé, Becky Strzechowski, also resigned her Teamster offices last January. 

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  • Ken Krebs
    commented 2019-08-17 12:35:45 -0400 · Flag
    ahhh ,sorry JOHNNY FAIRPLAY.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2019-08-16 15:39:24 -0400 · Flag
    This dragged on excruciating goombah drama ,facilitated by a IRB that exudes Duplicity
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2019-08-11 14:08:11 -0400
    he outlasted Honorable Edwin Steir by a DECADE & 1\2….
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2019-08-08 17:17:56 -0400
    " dey wud ratz ..,all ratz "
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2019-08-07 13:59:29 -0400 · Flag
    The damage these Duplicitous.Deceitful, down right dishonest officers, impart on the members is incalculable !
  • Cheryl Smith
    commented 2019-08-06 22:35:05 -0400
    Who was John Coli kicking back too? I’m certain Coli was the bagman for the Chicago Outfit…..The Mob is telling Coli who to rat out. The Italians still upset Rosemont didn’t get the Casino because of Madigan and Irish politicos that’s who they are trying to take down.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2019-08-06 15:17:39 -0400 · Flag
    About time
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