Alderman Ike Carothers pleads not guilty to bribery and fraud charges

We can go to trial is we choose to, depending on the evidence, we could attempt to plead guilty. We could do all kinds of things”

— Larry Beaumonth, Ike Carothers' attorney

Indicted Ald. Isaac Carothers (29th) pleaded not guilty today to bribery and fraud charges.

Also pleading not guilty was Carothers’ codefendant, Calvin Boender.

Carothers is the powerful chairman of the Chicago City Council’s Police and Fire Committee and, for the past decade, has been Mayor Daley’s most outspoken African-American supporter on in the City Council.

The chairman of the Chicago City Council's police and fire committee has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted home repairs worth $40,000 plus campaign money and sports tickets in exchange for fixing a zoning case.

Alderman Isaac Carothers, 29th Ward, appeared briefly before U.S. Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow on Monday and was ordered freed on a $4,500 unsecured bond.