Ike to Prison
In sending former Chicago Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers to prison for 28 months, a federal judge on Thursday said a message needs be sent that the people deserve "honest elected officials."
"Bribery and tax fraud are serious crimes," said U.S. District Judge Robert Dow, who told Carothers he let down the citizens of his West Side ward when he took bribes from a developer. "When they are committed by a high public official, they are even more serious."
- Carothers is rare among crooked aldermen in one regard — he chose to cooperate with federal prosecutors, a move that cut his sentence in half. For months, he secretly recorded businessmen and public officials.