As he built his career in financing, convicted felon Edwin Evans got help from a crime figure and a municipal official. The Evans & Hall firm borrowed $300,000 from Chicago crime figure Michael Giorango, who was convicted twice of federal bookmaking charges and of promoting a nationwide prostitution operation. He declined to comment. Matteson village trustee Sam Brown was listed as corporate secretary and shareholder of the Evans & Hall firm starting in 2002. Brown, who secured a mortgage loan from the firm and also gave his personal guarantee to help it obtain a $1 million property loan, declined to comment in detail on the transactions.
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