The Chicago Crime Commission, founded in 1919, is an independent, non-partisan civic watchdog organization of business leaders dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of organized criminal activity, especially organized crime and street gangs, and the tools of their trade: drugs, guns, public corruption, money laundering, identity theft, and gambling. The police, the judicial system, politicians, prosecutors, and citizens rely on the Chicago Crime Commission to provide advice on crime issues and to communicate vital information to the public.
Founded in 1920, local businessmen formed the Chicago Crime Commission to address the lawlessness prevalent in Chicago during the time. The backlog of murder cases awaiting trial was reduced, while the public corruption and organized criminal activities of the Chicago Outfit were exposed. In 1930, the Commission invented the "Public Enemies" list in 1930, with Chicago gangster Al Capone as Public Enemy Number One. The idea of such a list was co-opted by the FBI as the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
Owning one of the oldest and most complete historical archives on organized crime in the 20th century, the Commission provides an important historical record of criminal activity and public corruption for professional research and education. The Chicago Crime Commission maintains current information on crime issues and criminal activities involving organized crime, gangs, and public corruption. Recent publications include The Gang Book and Friend and Foe.
A non-government agency, the Commission acts an intermediary between citizens and law enforcement to help initiate investigations. The Anonymous Public Corruption Reporting Hotline is a web-based public corruption and crime reporting system that gives government employees and concerned citizens and effective way to reach law enforcement anonymously. The Anonymous Crime Reporting Hotline accepts tips on general and gang-related criminal activities.
The Chicago Crime Commission presents and sponsors presentations on current law enforcement issues and criminal justice issues, continuing its track record of exposing corruption and organized criminal activities and encouraging public debate on issues of public safety and national security. The Chicago Crime Commission hosts at least four events open to the public: (1) a Mid-Year Member Luncheon, (2) a Golf Benefit; (3) an Annual Dinner Benefit; and (4) a Holiday Luncheon. The Commission accepts sponsorship and event purchases online at www.chicagocrimecommission.org, subject to availability and security clearance.