BY GARY WISBY STAFF REPORTER
July 25, 1999
Alfred Pilotto, 88, who once survived an assassination attempt while playing golf at a Crete country club, died Tuesday in his Chicago Heights Home.
Mr. Pilotto was shot five times in the 1981 attempt. Shortly after the shooting, he was convicted for his part in a scheme to loot $2 million from the dental and eye-care plans of union members. He was released from federal prison in 1992.
Mr. Pilotto was a former president of Laborers International Union Local 5 and vice president of the union's Chicago District Council.
In a deal containing the threat of a government takeover, the union agreed with the U.S. Justice Department in 1995 to rid the council's leadership of mob influence. Mr. Pilotto was among 23 men ousted.
"His organized crime connections were long and verified," said Wayne Johnson, chief investigator for the Chicago Crime Commission. Mr. Pilotto was considered the boss of mob operations in the south suburbs.
In a 1976 photo dubbed "The Last Supper" by law enforcement authorities, Mr. Pilotto and nine other men--including former top Chicago mobster Anthony J. Accardo, Joseph Lombardo and Joseph Aiuppa--smile at the camera in the now-shuttered Sicily Restaurant in the 2700 block of North Harlem.
In 1983 testimony before a U.S. Senate committee, Mr. Pilotto admitted often having dinner and drinks in Las Vegas with Accardo, Aiuppa and other known organized crime figures. But he said he didn't know what kind of work they did.
"I didn't feel I should ask them," Mr. Pilotto said.
He is survived by his wife, Diva; a daughter, Celeste, and three grandchildren.
Services were Friday.