Two former Chicago leaders, and convicted felons, are looking to run for the Cook County Board seat left vacant by William Beavers, who went to prison Monday on corruption charges.
Former Chicago 29th Ward alderman Isaac Carothers, who resigned in 2010 after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges — namely accepting bribes, put in a bid for the seat Monday, along with former Streets and Sanitation commissioner Al Sanchez.
Sanchez, who has only been free for five months, spent some two-and-a-half years in a Marion, Illinois prison camp for illegally positioning hiring and promotions for members of the now-disbanded Hispanic Democratic Organization, which helped former Mayor Richard Daley in his re-election bids. But Sanchez maintains that he did nothing wrong.
“People know I was a scapegoat for a system I had no control over. Intergovernmental Affairs and the Department of Personnel did the hiring. I did no hiring. The whole process was not anywhere in my realm of authority,” Sanchez told the Chicago Sun-Times.
“You make it seem like a sinister thing, but there’s nothing wrong with Hispanics doing political work to put people in positions who understand there should be more diversity in government and more service to the under-serviced and under-employed Hispanic community. You have to get involved in the political process to affect change,” he added.
Todd Stroger, who previously said he was going to run for Beavers' seat, did not file nominating petitions to enter the race.