About a year and a half ago I got a tip that the feds were looking into the dealings of west-side political boss Isaac Carothers. Not long after that I saw the burly alderman lumbering down a hallway behind City Council chambers and asked him if it was true.

What was interesting was that he didn’t act surprised or angry. And of course he didn’t say no.

“I haven’t heard anything like that,” he said.

Yesterday, of course, Carothers pleaded guilty in federal court to accepting bribes and failing to tell the tax man about some of the political favors he’s received. He then resigned his seat in the City Council.