The Road to Perdition novels and movie have made the characters and exploits of John Rooney and Michael Sullivan well known. What you might not know is the inspiration for John Rooney came from a true Rock Island gangster, John P. Looney. This is the story of John Patrick Looney, the leader of vice, gambling, prostitution and murder in Rock Island in the early 1900s, as told through our buildings and sites. This tour touches on 50 sites and buildings affiliated with John Looney, including his stone mansion and the buildings that housed his notorious scandal sheet, The Rock Island News.
Year Printed: 2008
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Availability: Rock Island Public Library, Rock Island City Hall, Centennial Bridge Visitor Center