UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
No. 09 CR 186
Violations: Title 18, United States Code,
Sections 666, 1341, 1343, 1346, and
CALVIN BOENDER and
1503; Title 26, United States Code,
ISAAC SIMS CAROTHERS,
Section 7206(1); Title 2, United States
also known as “Ike Carothers”
Code, Sections 441a, 441f, and
The SPECIAL FEBRUARY 2008-2 GRAND JURY charges:
At times material to this indictment:
Relevant Individuals and Entities
Defendant ISAAC SIMS CAROTHERS served as the Alderman for the
City of Chicago’s 29th Ward, after first being elected to that position in or around 1999.
CAROTHERS was a beneficiary of campaign committees organized pursuant to the authority
of the Illinois State Board of Elections, including The New 29th Ward Campaign Committee.
Defendant CALVIN BOENDER was a real estate developer with
projects in the City of Chicago’s 29th Ward and elsewhere. BOENDER was at least a partial
owner of several companies, including Grand Central Center for Business, LLC (hereinafter
“Grand Central Center”).
Grand Central Center purchased approximately fifty acres of land
known as Galewood Yards in approximately 2000. Until in or about 2005, Galewood Yards,
which was located in both the 29th and 37th Wards of the City of Chicago, was zoned as a
restricted manufacturing and commercial manufacturing district. Defendant BOENDER
sought to develop Galewood Yards for residential and commercial use.
Individual A was a general contractor who worked on real estate
development and improvement projects on behalf of defendant BOENDER.
Candidate A was a relative of defendant CAROTHERS and campaigned
to be elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004.
The City of Chicago
The City of Chicago (“the City”) was a unit of local government known
as a municipal corporation, and a political subdivision of the State of Illinois. The functions
and services provided by the City on