Saturday, January 11, 2014


U.S. Senators from Illinois proposed on Friday (January 10) that a major federal law enforcement building in Washington, D.C. be named in honor of "Untouchable" Eliot Ness, the Prohibition-era G-Man who helped bring down Chicago gangster Al Capone.

Eliot Ness

The headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, dedicated in 2008, would be called the Eliot Ness ATF Building under the senator's resolution. 

The Chicago-born Ness, immortalized in print, film and television, helped put away Capone, who was convicted and imprisoned on tax violations after Ness and his team of federal agents raided the gangster's breweries and arrested dozens of his men. 

Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk were joined by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio (where Ness worked later in his career). Durbin noted: "Chicago gangster Al Capone believed that every man had his price. But for Eliot Ness and his legendary law enforcement team, the Untouchables, no amount of money could sway their loyalty or sway their dedication to Chicago's safety."

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