I’ve been asked to talk about the Marina City Gary Kimmel pimp-dentist scandal over the years, and usually say no. This time I said yes.
So Gary Kimmel was finally sentenced to prison today. And Marina City’s just fine without him. Here’s a wrap-up of the pimp-dentist story in prose…and limerick.
Today that, as many have long suspected would happen, Marina City’s formerly alleged pimp dentist (and former board member), Gary Kimmel, pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering in connection with a national prostitution ring operated out of several of Kimmel’s condo apartments.
A quick posting for the Gary Kimmel Scandal followers among you. Chicago Magazine’s October 2006 article on Gary Kimmel, containing several quotes from Yours Truly and lots of, um, enlightening background information on the erstwhile dentist, can now be read for free, in its entirety, on the Chicago Magazine website.
Kimmelgate has officially hit the fan, and score one for the blogosphere. The October 2006 issue of Chicago Magazine, hitting newsstands now, features a lengthy, scathing profile of Marina City’s alleged ‘pimp dentist’, Gary Kimmel–with several quotes from Yours Truly.
A surprise development in the Gary Kimmel hooker scandal, the Marina City story that just keeps on giving. One 35-year-old Jody Spears was indicted in federal court on charges of sex trafficking involving minors as young as 14 years old. According to an FBI affidavit, Spears is quoted as saying, ‘Some of my best girls were minors’–and identifying dentist Gary S. Kimmel as a ‘business partner.’
You knew it had to happen. After a year of growing discontent with the current notorious state of affairs at Marina City, late last month a group of Marina City resident-owners filed suit against the condominium association for the twin 60-story corncobs, alleging the current voting proxy system in use by the condo board effectively undermines the intent of the Illinois Condominium Property Act.
At the July 18 status hearing and notice of motion for Marina City’s most famous dentist, Gary S. Kimmel, the good doctor was granted a request to travel, but he and his attorney, Joseph Lopez, were reminded to mind the ‘restrictions.’ These were not specified, but it’s probably safe to assume that they include ‘don’t leave the country.’
If you’ve lived in one Chicago high-rise, you’ve lived in them all? Not by a longshot. While residents of Marina City allege deeply entrenched condo board mismanagement in the wake of board member Gary S. Kimmel’s federal indictment on prostitution-related money-laundering charges, the situation couldn’t be more different for residents of Chicago’s other midcentury modernist residential skyscraper: the John Hancock Center.
Much has been said about Gary Kimmel and his federal indictment on money-laundering charges for allegedly helping a national prostitution ring operate out of Marina City. An informed opinion is always a better opinion. So for the sake of fairness, here are links to the U.S. Department of Justice documents relating to the case. These PDF files contain the full text of the complaint and indictment against Dr. Kimmel. You be the judge…