State Research Guide: Illinois
6/1/2006
Nab your most-wanted Prairie State ancestors.


Throughout the Prohibition era, notorious gangster Al “Scarface” Capone made a name for himself as one of America's worst-feared mobsters. While living in Chicago, Capone raked in millions of dollars from many illegal endeavors, and bribed city officials to look the other way. It wasn't until 1931, when Eliot Ness' team of federal agent — the “Untouchables” — brought down Capone for tax evasion, that the gangster served prison time.