FBI agents ask about Gutierrez, developer
Questions raised during Ald. Carothers' bribery probe
May 04, 2010
By Todd Lighty and Robert Becker, Tribune reporters
The FBI has interviewed City Hall employees and Chicago aldermen about U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez's ties to a corrupt developer, according to records and interviews that raise new questions about the congressman amid an ongoing federal investigation.
A former alderman convicted in the investigation told FBI agents that Gutierrez boasted of helping his longtime political supporter Calvin Boender obtain a lucrative zoning change for a development on the city's West Side. Another alderman told agents this year she thought Gutierrez was going to buy a home in the development.
And several city planners told investigators they were stunned by the highly unusual intervention of a congressman in a local zoning matter.