The Duff Family, who were dear friends and close union associates of my late relative Jack ‘Romie’ Nappi, are purported to be extremely close with Mayor Richard M. Daley. For those of you that do not know of the Duffs, they are the bosses of a labor union that represents the men and women of liquor distribution in the Chicago area. By occupying this particular corner of clout in Cook County, it is not hard to believe that the Duffs were familiar to the Daleys as well as the Chicago Outfit. The late Jack Duff was doggedly loyal to Anthony Accardo (aka, Joe B) and would bark on the late Chicago Outfit Boss’ command.
Evidence of Daley’s fondness for the Duff Family can be found in the Mayor’s public remarks about them when the indictment for minority contract fraud against Jimmy Duff came down several years ago. Mayor Daley defended the Duffs’ company by confirming the work they were paid for was done well. To most people this may seem unimportant. On the contrary, Daley usually cuts all ties with scandal-ridden friends when the negative publicity presents itself. Daley stood strong for the Duffs, which makes his actions on this matter quite significant.
The Duffs frequent the Loon Café in River Grove, Illinois, a known hangout for people like current Chicago Outfit Boss John DiFronzo. My pal Michael Magnafichi, son of late Outfit Capo Lee Magnafichi, is very close with the Duff Family and has been for many years, dating back to Michael’s childhood. It was explained to me by a source that Michael’s late father, Lee Magnafichi and John DiFronzo killed a man to eliminate competition in one of the Duffs’ many union elections several years ago.