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Cook County president won't support felon candidates

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  • Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle

      Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle

Associated Press

Cook County's board president Toni Preckwinkle says she won't support two felons running for the panel.

Al Sanchez was the head of Chicago's streets and sanitation department and Isaac Carothers is an ex-alderman. Both are running for the board, even though they were convicted in corruption cases. Felons can't run for various city offices, but they can run for county and state positions.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Sanchez was released from prison five months ago after being convicted in a hiring scheme. He's running for a seat once held by William Beavers, who's serving a six-month tax evasion sentence.

Meanwhile, Carothers is running for a vacant seat. He was convicted of bribery and fraud.

Preckwinkle says she's not surprised the two wanted to run, but expects their candidacies will face challenges

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