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Ex-Con Al Sanchez Kicked Off County Board Ballot



    Convicted former Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Alfred “Al” Sanchez will not be allowed to run for a spot on the Cook County Board.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, the Cook County election board unanimously voted to kick Sanchez off the ballot on Thursday.

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    Sanchez spent two years in federal prison after was convicted on a single count related to a hiring scheme, where prosecutors said jobs were steered to politically favored candidates.

    Sanchez be removed from the ballot because he had not completed his supervised release that’s part of his sentence for a federal fraud conviction by the time he filed his nominating papers for the County Board seat.

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    "You fought for this country. You expect it to be a country that's fair. And I come back and found out that it's only fair when they decide it's fair. And today is not a fair day. (Published Tuesday, March 24, 2009)

    Sanchez was removed from the ballot because at the time became a candidate, he hadn't completed his supervised release that was part of his sentence.

    Sanchez is one of five candidates vying for the seat of fourth district commissioner, including the incumbent, Stanley Moore. Another convicted felon, former alderman Isaac Carothers, is seeking the commissionership in the first district.