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Reputed high-level Chicago mobster Michael "Large Guy" Sarno was released on $1 million bond Tuesday and ordered placed under house arrest.

The rotund Sarno, 51, also dubbed "Fat Ass" by some colleagues, is charged in a wide-ranging racketeering case that includes the bombing of a Berwyn business that was competing with the Outfit with video gambling machines.

Family members put up several pieces of property as collateral.

Aging reputed mob associate Sam Volpendesto had some gripes and some advice for alleged high-ranking Outfit member Michael Sarno, according to court records.

Volpendesto was secretly recorded by a government informant complaining about having to do Sarno's dirty work but not getting adequate compensation, according to court records.

Volpendesto is charged along with Sarno with taking part in a plot to bomb a Berwyn video poker machine company that was competing with the Outfit.

Excerpts after the jump.

Only in Illinois

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Former Gov. Dan Walker, sent to prison for crimes after he left office, gives his opinion on the roots of Illinois corruption in The State Journal-Register.

Walker points to the Democratic Machine and The Outfit.

You can read it here.

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