Dear Member of the
International Olympic Committee:
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.
an ally of Mayor Daley, and Chicago developer Calvin Boender have
pleaded "not guilty" to the bribery and fraud charges.
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.
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.....
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."