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Indicted Chicago Alder. Isaac Carothers Wore FBI Wire

There’s something to be said about tradition in the great city of Chicago. In the last 36 years, 30 sitting or former aldermen have been convicted of  crimes. Obviously Alderman Carothers is all about upholding tradition. His father, a former alderman, went to prison in the 1980s for extortion.  Viva la tradition.

Alderman Isaac Carothers

Alderman Isaac Carothers

BY NATASHA KORECKI, FRAN SPIELMAN AND TIM NOVAK
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — One of Mayor Daley’s closest allies on the City Council has been wearing a wire and secretly recording “public officials and real estate developers” for more than a year, a City Hall bombshell that was revealed in a federal court document Thursday.

Ald. Isaac “Ike” Carothers (29th) was charged Thursday with fraud and bribery for allegedly accepting $40,000 in home improvements and other gifts from a politically connected developer, but he has been cooperating with the feds since April 2008, according to court papers.

A government motion filed in February asked to keep under seal the indictment of the developer — Calvin Boender — until May. It was unsealed Thursday.

The document identifies Carothers as “Public Official A” — with clear identifiers pointing to him, including a reference to one of his family members running for Congress in 2004.

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Chicago FBI Task Force to Feature Bank Robbers on Internet

On one hand you have to applaud the FBI in Chicago for doing this. On the other hand, you really have to ask: What took so long? For years, now federal and local law enforcement have passed up on using the Internet to help solve crimes. All the bureaus around the country have to do something like this now, rather than later.
By MIKE ROBINSON
Associated Press Legal Affairs Writer

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CHICAGO — Bank robbers love being obscure. The last thing they want is to find themselves stars of the Internet.

Chicago’s FBI-led violent crimes task force, however, is launching a Web site designed to give this city’s bank robbers the prominence lawmen say they deserve.

The site www.bandittrackerchicago.com will feature photos taken by bank video cameras and other pictures of robbers if the FBI can get them, special agent in charge Robert Grant said Wednesday.

Getting the faces of robbers before the public is likely to produce tips for agents investigating holdups and alert bank workers to be watchful, Grant said.

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Chicago Deputy U.S. Marshal Convicted of Leaking to the Mob

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His father, a Chicago cop, went off to jail many years ago. Now son John Ambrose is headed there. A sad legacy.

BY NATASHA KORECKI
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Deputy U.S. Marshal John Ambrose was convicted today (Tuesday) on charges that he leaked secret government information that made its way to the mob.

A federal jury found Ambrose guilty of one count of theft of information and one count of illegal disclosure of information but found him innocent on two counts of lying to federal agents.

Ambrose wiped away tears after the verdict and embraced his wife.

Ambrose, 42, is a decorated deputy marshal who has hunted down national and international fugitives. He was the second highest ranking member of a regional fugitive task force. The verdict delivers Ambrose a similar fate of that of his father, who was convicted in the 1980s with police corruption in a case known as the Marquette 10. The elder Ambrose died in prison.

Both Ambrose and his father had the same judge.

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Former Dep. Marshal on Trial in Chicago For Allegedly Leaking Secrets to the Mob

chicagoLike father like son? Former deputy U.S. Marshal John Ambrose is accused of crimes in a Chicago trial. His father, a Chicago cop in the 1980s, was convicted of corruption. There’s something to be said about family tradition.

By MIKE ROBINSON
Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO  — A former deputy U.S. marshal accused of leaking secrets to the Chicago mob about a protected witness committed “a criminal betrayal of trust,” prosecutors said Monday.

John T. Ambrose, 42, took information from a secret file that “he knew was going back to an organized crime figure” and also lied about it when federal officials confronted him, said Assistant U.S. Attorney T. Markus Funk during opening statements.

Ambrose was charged in January 2007 with theft of Justice Department property, disclosing confidential information and lying to federal agents who questioned him about the leak. If convicted, he faces years in prison.

He has denied the allegations.

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Ex-Gov. Blago Indictment Expected this Week in Chicago

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich

Ex-Gov. Blagojevich

The day many have been waiting for is approaching. Expect the new indictment to be chock full of new details about Blagojevich and his chief of staff. It could also include more defendants. And expect to see the ex-Gov. flood the airwaves after the indictment comes out. He’s not shy.

By John Chase and Jeff Coen
Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — With a deadline fast approaching for federal prosecutors to file an indictment against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, all eyes will be on the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse this week.

Sources with knowledge of the probe have said the indictment could be filed as soon as Thursday. That is the last scheduled day for the grand jury investigating the former governor to meet before an April 7 deadline for filing the indictment.

The grand jury has convened on Thursdays throughout the lengthy federal investigation.

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Blago’s Secret Talks with the Tribune Company (Chicago Tribune)

Mobster Sentenced in Chicago To 20 Years: Judge Calls That Lenient

The old mobsters in this world are fading away, either dying off or going off to prison. Sometimes the offspring have tried to take over, but often times they haven’t been as street wise. Here’s one of from the older generation.

By MIKE ROBINSON
Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO — A longtime organized crime figure accused by the government of helping to murder a friend to keep him from talking was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison by a judge who called the punishment lenient.
Paul Schiro, 71, of Phoenix was the first to be sentenced among five men convicted in September 2007 at Chicago’s biggest organized crime trial in decades.
“When somebody said we want you to help us kill your friend there was no evidence of hesitation,” a stern U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel told Schiro.
Schiro, described by prosecutors as a career criminal, was sentenced to 5 1/2 years just seven years ago after pleading guilty to being part of a gang of jewel thieves led by the Chicago police department’s former chief of detectives, William Hanhardt.

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Feds Had More Wiretaps Than Previously Disclosed in Gov. Blagojevich Probe

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This scandal may end up having more legs than a centipede.

BY NATASHA KORECKI AND DAVE MCKINNEY
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Federal authorities had more wiretaps than previously disclosed in the investigation of Gov. Blagojevich — including the cellular telephone of a member the governor’s inner circle.
A new government filing in federal court indicates that in November, authorities tapped the cell phone of “Lobbyist 1.” The Sun-Times has identified lobbyist 1 as Lon Monk, the governor’s first-term chief of staff. Monk later became a fund-raiser and state lobbyist.
The revelation that investigators captured more on secret recordings than previously disclosed, came as federal prosecutors seek to release portions of those recordings to a House Committee seeking the governor’s impeachment.
Prosecutors are asking Chief U.S. District Judge James Holderman to release portions of four recordings having to do with the governor’s alleged discussion of asking for campaign contributions in exchange for his official actions. Prosecutors will go before Holderman today to discuss the motion.
“These calls bear on a discrete episode of criminal conduct alleged in the complaint affidavit … the calls are evidence of a criminal offense that the government was authorized to monitor under the wiretap order,” prosecutors wrote in their filing.
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Convicted Financier Tony Rezko Could Hurt Illinois Governor

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Gov. Blagojevich/official photo

Tony Rezko could help the feds build their case against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. It’s likely the convicted felon is dishing up dirt on somebody.

BY NATASHA KORECKI
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors asked a judge Monday to indefinitely postpone Tony Rezko’s scheduled Oct. 28 sentencing on corruption charges, acknowledging they are engaged in talks with the former top political fund-raiser for Sen. Barack Obama, Gov. Blagojevich and others “that could affect . . . sentencing.”
The Chicago Sun-Times first reported in August that Rezko might be cooperating with prosecutors. Since then, the talks, and the prosecution’s efforts to confirm information Rezko has provided, have been an open secret. In September, sources close to the investigation confirmed the talks to the Sun-Times but said there was no deal with Rezko.
In court filings, prosecutors said they are in discussions with Tony Rezko, who was convicted of corruption charges.
The 53-year-old Wilmette businessman, who at one time was a top adviser to Blagojevich, was convicted in June of wide-ranging corruption tied to state deals. He could face a lengthy prison term and still faces two more criminal trials.
Several criminal-defense lawyers, who spoke to the Sun-Times only on the condition they not be named, said prosecutors have asked to interview or reinterview their clients about allegations that Blagojevich’s campaign took contributions in exchange for state contracts or appointments
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