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August 20, 2009
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Chicago needs to focus all its monies and energies on improving its infrastructure and services for people who live here, not to fund the red herring that is the Olympics. Crime, schools, and housing will all be ignored apart from the most superficial fixes in order to throw money at bringing the Olympics here. I ask that, please, as a lifelong citizen, taxpayer, and someone who is deeply concerned for the future of this city, our leaders shift the focus to where it counts.!

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There are a number of federal prosecutions under way that involve key members of the Chicago political establishment, including Alderman Ike Carothers, a key ally of Mayor Daley.

Trial date set for Ald. Ike Carothers

Chicago pol has been charged in zoning-for-bribes case

August 19, 2009 - NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter - Sun-Times

A federal judge today set a March 8 trial date for indicted Chicago Ald. Ike Carothers (29th) and a wealthy developer, both accused of taking part in a zoning-for-bribes scheme.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, plan to turn over evidence in the case to the defense today.

Carothers, an ally of Mayor Daley, and Chicago developer Calvin Boender have pleaded "not guilty" to the bribery and fraud charges.

Carothers had cooperated with the government since last year - cooperation that included wearing a wire to secretly record conversations. Carothers' lawyer, Larry Beaumont, said the alderman was waiting to review the evidence before deciding whether he'd fight the charges against him.

Boender allegedly paid off Carothers as he sought zoning approval to redevelop a 50-acre former railyard and industrial site on the West Side into a residential and commercial neighborhood.

Prosecutors say the zoning change could have brought Boender $3 million.

Michael Jackson's onetime attorney, Thomas Mesereau of Los Angeles, appeared in court for the first time today after signing on as Boender's attorney earlier this summer.  

Here's what one reader commented:

"ike's daddy served three years .. Maybe his son will follow in his footsteps... Check it out on wikipedia.. Ike and his brother Tony went around terrorizing people. Straight outta wikipedia.....

In 1985, a federal judge ordered William Carothers, his two sons, and a fourth man to pay $152,000 in damages for a campaign of physical violence and intimidation organized by William Carothers, from prison, against a political opponent. Independent incumbent Illinois State Representative Arthur Turner of the far west side 17th District was challenged in 1982 by William Carothers' former assistant, Ozzie Hitchins, who was supported by the then imprisoned William Carothers. Turner aides were threatened with guns and one Turner aide suffering severe injuries to the side of the head, including broken bones. At the time Isaac and his brother were both Cook County deputy sheriffs with access to guns. Turner and aides filed a civil lawsuit following their defeat by Hitchins. U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras said Isaac Carothers appeared to be the ringleader and "organized their acts of intimidation" by force while the other son used his deputy's position to verbally threaten the plaintiffs. Isaac Carothers was ordered to pay $25,000 of the damages.

And Tony Carothers was just given a merit promotion by..... Ike Carothers."