Former West Side alderman Isaac “Ike” Carothers is now staying in a halfway house after being released from federal prison stemming from a 2010 indictment on federal corruption charges.
Carothers, 57, was indicted in May 2009 on charges that included taking thousands of dollars in bribes from a property developer, and accepting illegal campaign contributions from undercover federal agents. He was sentenced to 28 months in federal prison in August of last year but served roughly a year.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the former alderman is being monitored by the Chicago Community Corrections Office.
Carothers, whose large personality equaled his large physical frame, represented the 29th Ward, which covers Austin, from 1999 until his resignation in early February 2010, just days after pleading guilty to the corruption charges. He accepted a plea deal as part of his sentence. Carothers became the 31st alderman in the city’s history to be sent to prison.
His father, former 28th Ward alderman William Carothers was convicted on federal corruption charges in 1983-Isaac Carothers’ grandfather, Ike Sims, was a state representative and West Side ward committee.
In June 2010, Ike Carothers was sentenced to prison after admitting to accepting a bribe for $40,000 in renovations to his Austin home in exchange for granting a zoning change for a controversial land development project. In court, he admitted to using his influence as a public official in seeking the zoning change. His sentence included three years of supervised release and 200 hours of community service; he was also forced to pay restitution. Federal investigators, however, had been circling Carothers and his activities for some time prior to the indictment.
Carothers was initially sentenced to a South Dakota prison but was released, according to the Sun-Times, from a federal facility in Duluth, Minn.
Carothers political career began in the Cook County Defender’s Office. A strong ally of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, Carothers was tapped as chairman of the City Council’s powerful and influential police and fire committee in 2000.
AustinTalks contributed to this story.