Alderman Expected to Plead Guilty to Corruption Charges

Ald. Ike Carothers was charged last summer with taking gifts in exchange for his vote on zoning changes

By BJ Lutz
|  Friday, Jan 29, 2010  |  Updated 1:15 PM CDT
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A Chicago alderman, charged last year with accepting bribes for favors, has reached a deal with federal prosecutors and is expected to plead guilty on Monday.

Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers (29th) reached the deal Friday morning Sun-Times reports. He'd been charged with accepting gifts in exchange for his support on zoning changes for Galewood Yards, the largest undeveloped tract of land in the city, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office

The developer wanted Carothers' help to change the zoning on the land from manufacturing to residential and commercial use, according to the indictment.

Carothers was first elected to City Council in 1999.  At 54-years-old, he is chairman of the Chicago City Council's police and fire committee and alderman of the 29th Ward.

By law, he cannot hold office if he's a convicted felon, though a conviction isn't entered until a defendant is sentenced.

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