Imperial Gangsters
Imperial Gangsters

Imperial Gangsters

Founded Founded in 1965 in or near Hermosa
Formerly known as

Imperial Spanish Gangsters

Affiliations Folk Nation — 1978 – 2000 or later;
Almighty — 1992 – 2000 or later;
SGD / La Tabla;
United Latino Organization — 1978 – c. 1992;
Colors Black and Pink
Primary ethnicities Latino (Puerto Rican)
Symbols Pink Panther, Shotgun, and 7 Point Crown
Symbol usage

Rounded 7 point crown with a “G” in the middle

Status Active

The Imperial Gangsters were founded in 1965 in the Hermosa neighborhood in the Kelvyn Park area. The reason Imperial Gangster came together at this time was racial strife Puerto Rican youths faced when first moving to Hermosa.  At the time Hermosa was a white neighborhood that first began to experience Puerto Rican migration by 1962.  By the mid-1960s Puerto Rican migration increased in Hermosa and groups of white youths began attacking Puerto Ricans to the point where your Puerto Rican males had to fight almost every day against white gangs.  One of the main gangs in the area was the Insane Popes (known as Almighty Popes back then) that ran Kilbourn Park.  These original Imperial Gangsters fought white gangs almost exclusively.  The name Imperial Gangsters was brought about by two brothers named Smokey and Ellio.

In the year 1969, the Imperial Gangsters left Kelvyn Park as the Gaylords moved into the area.  The Imperial Gangsters would then encounter the Palmer Square Gaylords when they now moved to Armitage and Drake in the Logan Square community and this brought about a major rivalry with the Gaylords.  The section was started by Pito as Lil Mexico, Jabar, Lil Bugs, Goyo and Killer as these men were the original Armitage and Drake IGs.  The Imperial Gangsters moved to this neighborhood alongside a major Puerto Rican migration wave to Logan Square.  The Armitage and Drake chapter lasted only a matter of months before the Imperial Gangsters relocated to Palmer and Drake which would became the motherland of the Imperial Gangsters and this is when the IGs became a major force to be reckoned with.

The Imperial Gangsters also opened a branch in West Humboldt Park at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Central Park Ave in the late part of the year.  The founder of this section was Spanky as he was the first President.  The members of the club attended James Russell Lowell Elementary School at Hirsch and Spaulding (3320 W Hirsch St, Chicago, IL 60651) but they mainly attended Cameron School located at located at 1234 N Monticello Ave, Chicago, IL 60651 at Division and Grand area.  This put them in direct conflict with the Latin Kings from Division and Spaulding that were just blocks away from the school.  The Latin Kings began in 1964 and became a dominant Puerto Rican gang in the neighborhood. Most Puerto Rican gangs flipped to Latin Kings that year and very few refused.  This section of Imperial Gangsters had a unique name of Imperial Spanish Gangsters.  This group was also known as Cameron Gangsters named after Cameron School. It was this section that came up with the colors, emblems and sweaters.  The colors of black and pink were established and the Drank and Palmer section accepted the colors and sweaters.  This also where the imperial crown symbol originated.  This crown was set apart from the Latin King’s three point crown because of five head band diamonds with a rounded crown all was accepted by Palmer and Drake and the two sections were united on a larger scale now.

In 1971 “Godfather” took over leadership of the Imperial Spanish Gangsters section in West Humboldt Park as Spanky was no longer the leader of this section.

In 1972 Carlos “Little Mexico” Quintanilla ran Logan Square only.  Quintanilla was only 15 to 16 years old at the time.  At the meeting that Quintanilla attended where he was made President of the Logan Square IGs it was also announced that Armitage and Drake headquarters would move because of too much police pressure.  They would relocate to nearby Palmer and Drake which would be ran by Quintanilla.

The Imperial Gangsters opened new territory at Armitage and Sawyer and North Ave and Hamlin in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood in 1972.

In the year 1972 the Imperial Gangsters of Logan Square became heavily influenced by the movie “The Godfather” that came out that year.  These high school kids would visit “The Armitage” which was a theater that existed at 3553 W. Armitage Avenue which was right on the corner of Armitage and Drake where these Junior IGs first started.

Under the leadership of “Little Mexico” the IGs were able to establish a relationship with the theater’s owner and offered protection from rival gangs in the area just like what the Mafia does.  The IGs acted as ushers in the theater and there were often 50+ members seen in the theater.  IGs also started dressing like Italian gangsters wearing the long coats, Al Capone shoes, the long coats with the white scarfs and they even twirled around canes.  “Little Mexico” also wanted his members to have guns, so now every member at least carried a small pistol (Chicago Tribune, Keegan, P 1, Dec 12 1979).

 

In 1973, “Little Mexico” was now 17 years old and was about to have a child; therefore, he left the Imperial Gangsters gang life and went to college then went on to work with gang members helping them to turn their lives around.  After Little Mexico left, Ronald “Mad Dog” Carrasquillo took over in 1973, and he ran it until he was imprisoned in 1975 for shooting a police officer during a fight with the Gaylords.  Carrasquillo basically shot the cop in the heat of the fight and basically didn’t realize the police were even there as the fight was so intense, the shooting was more or less accidental but it got him put in prison for life.

in the year 1976 Imperial Gangsters found themselves in the prison system more than ever.  This is where the IGs united with Maniac Latin Disciples, Satan Disciples, Milwaukee Kings, Latin Eagles, Spanish Cobras and Orquestra Albany. The IGs had something in common with the Latin Disciples (MLDs), Spanish Cobras, Latin Eagles and Orquestra Albany, and that was that they all hated Latin Kings and were all outnumbered by Latin Kings.  These gangs began drawing closer to each other until they became pretty tight by 1978.

The in year 1978 these gangs created the “United Latino Organization” (ULO) which unified these street gangs against Latin Kings and the rival “UFO” which consisted of 5 large white gangs that included the Gaylords.  In the same year 1978 in April, the Imperial Gangsters joined the Folk Nation alliance that was created behind prison walls.  Spanish Cobras, Latin Disciples, Latin Eagles all had joined this alliance so it was a perfect fit for the IGs.

In 1979, the Imperial Gangster opened one of the first Chicago based Hispanic gang chapters in history when they opened in the suburb of Franklin Park (The Jungle).  This Imperial Gangsters would become legendary as they managed to prevent any other gangs from growing in that area and they viciously battled rival gangs from nearby Maywood and Bellwood.

In the year 1980, a ranking incarcerated Maniac Latin Disciples named Victor “King Vic” Gomez” and Imperial Gangster leader Ronald “Mad Dog” Carrasquillo of the Imperial Gangsters drew up a constitution for a way to govern the “Latin Folks” behind prison walls.  The Latin Folks consisted of all the Hispanic gangs that were part of the Folk alliance that included all four of the ULO organizations.  This established alliance would become known as the “Spanish Gangster Disciples” or “La Tabla.”  This establishment was approved and sanctioned by Larry Hoover who was the leader of the Black Gangster Disciples and the Chairman of the Folk alliance.  This new order also allowed King Vic to appoint more gangs into the Folk alliance as they also joined SGD.

It was in the year 1980 when Imperial Gangsters first opened territory in the suburb of Cicero.  This group moved in around 19th and Cicero Ave. The Imperial Gangsters of Cicero became very close allies with Two Six and lessor but still tight relationship with the Two Two Boys.  All three of these groups were Folks.  In 1989, these Imperial Gangster flipped to Two Six thus closing Cicero Imperial Gangster operations.

In the year 1985 the Imperial Gangsters returned to their original neighborhood as they arrived once again in Hermosa at Fullerton and Kildare.  The Imperial Gangsters had immediate rivalries with the Gaylords and Stoned Freaks in the area.  Imperial Gangster united with Spanish Cobras and Latin Eagles in the area.  Once war erupted between Imperial Gangsters and Spanish Cobras in the area the IGs of Fullerton and Kildare flipped to Spanish Cobras, thus, ending the Hermosa operations for the Imperial Gangsters a second time.

In the late 1980s, Imperial Gangsters first became “Almighty” which helped IGs identify better with Insane Popes, Simon City Royals and Latin Eagles as these groups had been hanging out since 1979 in an unofficial alliance loosely called “Almighty.”  Now Almighty got a little deeper because of the Imperial Gangsters as they drew their allies the Latin Eagles, Simon City Royals and Insane Popes closer.

in 1989,  a argument happened at a party with the Western and Cortez Imperial Gangsters.  One of the MLDs got into it with “Flaco G” of the Imperial Gangsters and this led to the MLD shooting Flaco G dead at the party.  Angry feelings ensued but a war was not initiated as an agreement was reached.  The real anger came months later when another MLD shot and killed another Imperial Gangster and the IGs threatened war if MLDs did not turn over the shooter, the MLDs refused and this started a very nasty war between Maniac Latin Disciples and Imperial Gangsters.  This became the first major Folk against Folk war on the northern part of the city.

The war with the Western and Cortez Imperial Gangsters was nasty over the next two years as several shootings went down between them.  Very frequently Western and Cortez Imperial Gangsters would take shots at MLDs right after school at nearby Roberto Clemente High School, this led to “Flintstone G” of the Imperial Gangsters making an attempted assassination until he ran out of bullets then he ran home and cut through the gangway at Augusta and Cortez where an MLD was waiting in the alley for him and shot him dead.

At about New Years Even of 1991, going into 1992, the Imperial Gangster and Maniac Latin Disciple war ended for the time being.  The war was ugly when it happened and it led to issues with Insanes as well as Imperial Gangsters began having feuds with Insane Campbell Boys, Spanish Cobras and YLO Cobras, relations were not looking good with fellow Folks and the Almighty family did not exist yet and there was conflict with Maniacs and Insanes.  It was then rumored that there were discussions in prison between Imperial Gangsters and Latin Kings over the possibility of IGs flipping to the People alliance, however, much of the IG nation was infuriated with such a possibility and this never happened according to the rumor. One thing that did happen in 1992 was the closing of Western and Cortez as the wars with Insanes and Maniacs became very intense.

The IGs did open solid territory in the suburb of Franklin Park “The Jungle” in the 1980s; however, the Cicero chapter had to close down by the late 1980s but Franklin remained strong.

The Imperial Gangsters would eventually become big in the Belmont-Cragin area I think starting in the early 1980s which has become one of their stronger territories up to present day.

Imperial Gangster also opened in Albany Park and Marquette Park some time ago but I do not know the history of those sections.

Known sections of the Imperial Gangsters

Albany Park neighborhood

Sections of Albany Park

Bernard & Leland

Monticello & Leland (Murder Land)

Belmont-Cragin neighborhood

Sections of Belmont-Cragin

Fullerton to Grand, Mango to Central Ave (Belden City)

George to Diversey, Central to Linder

Altgeld & Lavergne

Altgeld & Parkside

Deming Pl & Leclaire

Grand & Austin

Beldon & Mason (Bloody Murder)

Wrightwood & La Vargne

East Humboldt Park neighborhood

Sections of East Humboldt Park

Western & Cortez

Hermosa neighborhood  Established 1965, re-established 1985-1987

Sections of Hermosa

Cortland & Springfield

Fullerton & Kildare Established 1985-1987

Kelvyn Park Established 1965-1969

Logan Square neighborhood Established 1969

Sections of Logan Square

Fullerton to Palmer, Lawndale to Drake (Devil Side) Established 1969

Altgeld & Harding

Altgeld & Avers

Altgeld & Lawndale

Armitage & Spaulding

Armitage & Sawyer Established 1972

Belden & Drake

Fullerton & Kimball (Gangster City)

Fullerton & St. Louis

Kimball & Palmer (Killer Park)

Dickens & Central Park Ave

Mclean & St.Louis (Devil’s Side IGs)

Kimball & Cortland (Darkside IGs)

Dickens & Spaulding (Darkside IGs)

Drake & Cortland (Darkside IGs)

Cortland to Bloomingdale Ave, Springfield to Monticello (Cameron City Outlaws)

Marquette Park neighborhood

Sections of Marquette Park

64th & Kedzie

West Humboldt Park neighborhood Established 1969

Sections of West Humboldt Park

Wabansia & Central Park Ave (Devil Side IGs)

Bloomingdale Ave to Grand, Springfield to Monticello (Cameron City Outlaws) Established 1969 as Imperial Spanish Gangsters)

Hirsch & Spaulding Established 1969

 

Bensenville Established 1980

Carpentersville Established 1980

Cicero Established 1980-1989

Crystal Lake

Des Plains

Franklin Park (The Jungle) Established 1979

Melrose Park

Mount Prospect

Northlake (King Arthurs Courts)

Palatine

Rockford

Sterling

Waukegan

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