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Senese dead, 1992
Obituaries Dominic Senese, 75; headed Teamster local Dominic Senese, 75, the former Teamsters Local 703 official who survived a shotgun blast to his face Jan. 21, 1988, died Wednesday in his Oak Brook home. The blast hit him in the lower face and neck after he had gotten out of his car to open a security gate leading to his home in the Saddle Brook Chase subdivision of Oak Brook. The assailant has never been caught. Mr. Senese was president for almost almost four decades of the Teamster local that represents the 2,800 workers and warehousemen in the city's produce market. After the assassination attempt and plastic surgery, Mr. Senese returned returned to his position as head of the local with armed bodyguards. On July 13, 1990, however, he was permanently ousted from his presidency by a court-appointed court-appointed court-appointed administrator for the Teamsters union because of his alleged connections connections with organized crime. Mr. Senese started working as an agent for the local union in the late 1940s or early 1950s. LocaJ 703's head at the time was reputed mobster mobster and union organizer Joseph "Joey" Glimco. Mr. Senese once said he was the cousin of Anthony Accardo, then the reputed head of the Chicago crime syndicate. He later denied both the relationship relationship and his association with the syndicate. In 1959, he pleaded the 5th Amendment when called before a U.S. Senate committee investigating investigating racketeering and paybacks in the produce market. Mr. Senese became secretary-treasurer secretary-treasurer secretary-treasurer of the local in the 1950s and several times campaigned unsuccessfully unsuccessfully to be elected president of the Teamsters Joint Council 25 of Chicago. He was charged in news stories as running 703 as a hiring hall for friends and relatives. Dominic Senese After he was shot in 1988, he refused refused to identify his assailant. Subsequently, Subsequently, his son, Lucien, also associated associated with the local, was the victim of a bomb placed in the union car he was driving. He ako survived. Mass was said Friday in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Downers Grove.