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updated: 12/2/2013 9:21 PM

Felon wants to run for county board

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The former head of Chicago's streets and sanitation department who went to prison after being convicted of rigging city hiring has filed nominating petitions to replace a Cook County board commissioner who was recently convicted and sentenced to prison.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Al Sanchez filed petitions Monday for the seat vacated by William Beavers. Beavers was convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to six months in prison.

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When Sanchez was sentenced in 2011, a federal judge called him a leader in a sham city hiring scheme. But Sanchez never admitted wrongdoing and today maintains he was a "scapegoat" for the city's political hiring system.

Felons can't run for various city offices but they can run for county, state or federal office.

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