Chicago Ald. William Carothers (left) leaves the Dirksen Federal Building with his bodyguard on September 29, 1983, after he was convicted of extorting as much as $32,500 in remodeling work for his ward office from the builders of Bethany Hospital. Carothers (28th) was sentenced to three years in prison. Two years later, he was ordered to help pay $152,000 in damages for organizing, while in prison, a campaign of physical violence conducted by his two sons and another man agains a politial opponent and his allies. A federal judge said one of Carothers's sons -- Isaac -- was the ringleader of the attack. Now, 27 years later, Isaac Carothers is an alderman representing the 29th Ward, who pleaded guilty to federal bribery and tax charges. Much like his father, "Ike" was accused of accepting up to $40,000 in home improvments in exchange for supporting a developers constroversial project in the alderman's West Side ward.
Tribune photo by Val Mazzenga