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"Former Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez, convicted on federal charges of rigging hiring to benefit political foot soldiers, filed Monday to run for the Cook County Board seat previously held by William Beavers - who is headed for prison," the Tribune reports.

"For some Cook County voters, the Democratic primary could become known as the election of second chances. Another convicted felon, former Chicago Ald. Issac 'Ike' Carothers, also filed for a primary bid for the County Board."

They just can't stay away.


"Sanchez said he took the fall for following the well-established Chicago political tradition of hiring people who came recommended by political benefactors. 'I was a scapegoat for a system that was in place for decades, and it's still in place,' he said."

You know what else has been in place for decades? Sending public officials to prison who are caught doing this.


To be clear, Sanchez didn't merely hire job candidates who came to him with political patrons.

"A federal jury convicted Sanchez last July in an elaborate scheme to steer city jobs and promotions to city applicants and workers who were active members of the Hispanic Democratic Organization, a once-powerful group that backed Mayor Richard Daley dating to his first mayoral election in 1989," the Tribune noted in 2011, when Sanchez was sentenced.

"Sanchez was among the most powerful figures convicted in the hiring scheme. He was de facto head of HDO and led the city's largest department. Robert Sorich, who was Mayor Richard Daley's patronage boss, was convicted earlier and sentenced to 3 years and 10 months in prison."

To this day, Sanchez has shown no remorse. He maintains he was merely participating in a system that had been established well before him. It never occurred to him that he was committing a crime. Which is a virtual impossibility unless he never read a newspaper in his life. It also establishes that he has no moral compass whatsoever; he never felt a single pang for those who were unfairly blocked from jobs that instead went to dregs and drunks.


"Yeah, I spent some time in a federal facility, but I think my record is pretty clear when you look at how I ran that department," Sanchez said Monday.

Um, yes. Illegally.


From the Beachwood vault, March 2007:

"Everyone who works in the city should have an equal right to a job," Patrick Fitzgerald said in announcing the Al Sanchez indictment. "Everyone should have an equal right to a promotion. It ought to be a level playing field. It shouldn't depend on what your politics are."

You know what's funny? Barack Obama's chief strategist disagrees. "Political debts contribute to better city services," David Axelrod wrote in a pro-patronage piece in the Tribune last August.

See also:
* The Trash Man's Gamble.

* Al Sanchez Gets Cross.

* Trash Man Trial Goes To Jury.

* Sanchez Wears The Jacket.


Pension Piffle
This Chicago Tonight segment last night was a typical sprint to the wire between the usual suspects racing to spout the usual talking points before time ran out so your window to the world could bring you . . . a rehash about the Bears.


My question about this segment is this: Did viewers learn anything from it?


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The "T" Word
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The Beachwood Tip Line: A political tradition.


Posted on December 3, 2013

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