Preckwinkle no fan of Ike Carothers

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By Dan Haley

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, seldom shy in offering strong opinions, will not be backing convicted felon and former West Side Chicago alderman Isaac (Ike) Carothers in his bid to replace Earlean Collins on the county board next year.
Collins is retiring from the 1st District seat which represents the West Side, Oak Park and other areas on the county board. Among those who have recently filed to run in the Democratic primary is Carothers. He was convicted and jailed for bribery, mail fraud and tax fraud in connection with accepting $40,000 in home improvements in exchange for backing zoning changes to allow a large residential and commercial development in the Galewood neighborhood of his ward.
Asked by the Sun-Times this week her opinion of having two convicted felons running for county board Preckwinkle said the choice will be made by voters. But while she had positive words about Al Sanchez, who is running from a district on the Southeast side, she was clear about her views on Carothers. "I never got along well with Alderman Carothers. … I don't intend to support former Alderman Carothers."

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Bill D.  

Posted: December 9th, 2013 11:31 AM

Those are very serious allegations, and though the gang leader declined to name the "heavy set and middle aged" west side alderman who was ALLEGEDLY involved in drug trafficking with street gangs, I'm sure the DEA and US Attorney's office has taken note of the article. If they weren't already aware through other means.

Bill D.  

Posted: December 9th, 2013 11:26 AM

In "Gangs and Politicians in Chicago: An Unholy Alliance," (Jan. 2013 Chicago Magazine) David Bernstein and Noah Jackson quote a Vice Lord gang leader stating he worked with a heavy set and middle aged west side alderman who was giving the gang extra money to buy heroin and high-grade marijuana. Most of the $50,000 daily take went to the gang, "but the alderman took a nice cut." The alderman also allegedly gave the gang a "heads-up about what was discussed at (anti-gang) CAPS meetings"

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