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Carothers Pleads Guilty, Resigns.

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Alderman Isaac Carothers (right) walks out of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse this afternoon after pleading guilty. (WBEZ/Travis Truitt)

Chicago Alderman Isaac Carothers has resigned. That’s after he pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in federal court this morning.

Carothers pleaded guilty to accepting about $40,000 in home improvements from a developer. In exchange for the painting, windows, and central air being added to his house, Carothers supported some zoning measures as a favor to the developer, Calvin Boender.

Jeff Steinback is Carothers’s attorney. He says Carothers acted in the best interest of his West Side ward, even if what he did was illegal.

STEINBACK: I haven’t yet met a perfect human being. I doubt in my lifetime that I will. People engage in activities that they regret. I know this is something Ike regrets deeply.

The plea deal Carothers signed calls for him to serve a little more than two years in prison. But the judge has final say. They’re scheduled to meet again in April.

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