Call it revolving door politics, Chicago-style.
Former Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez, just months removed from a federal prison facility, on Monday filed to run for the Cook County Board seat formerly held by William Beavers — who reported to prison the same day.
According to The Chicago Sun-Times, Sanchez left prison five months ago after serving a 2.5 year sentence for rigging city hiring and promotions. Monday was the filing deadline for the March 18 primary elections. Sanchez wasn’t even the first ex-con to get in the race. Convicted former Ald. Isaac Carothers is also running.
Convicted felons are prohibited from running for mayor, city clerk, city treasurer, or alderman, according to the Sun-Times, but can run for county, state, or federal office.
Beavers, meanwhile, was scheduled to report to prison on Monday after a conviction of federal tax evasion.