Child-sex felon worked for City Hall, Chicago school system
By DAN MIHALOPOULOS Staff Reporter September 26, 2013 4:38PM
Illinois Department of Corrections mugshot of Jesus Alanis, 42, of Chicago, a former City Hall and Chicago Public Schools employee convicted in a child-sex case and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:34AM
A Chicago man who was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a minor and videotaping the attacks had worked for four years as a City Hall aide and previously worked for then-Chicago schools chief Arne Duncan, records show.
Jesus Alanis, 42, pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges of criminal sexual assault and manufacturing child pornography and has been sent to Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.
Alanis, who was arrested May 24, 2012, was fired on June 1, 2012, a city spokesman said Thursday.
He had worked since 2008 for the city’s Human Resources Department, where he made $80,904 a year in a post that, as a political appointment, was exempt from anti-patronage restrictions. City records show his title was program manager. On his online profile on the LinkedIn job-networking site, Alanis describes the job as intergovernmental affairs liaison for the department.
Before going to work at City Hall, he was an aide in Duncan’s office, records show.
Alanis says on his online profile that he previously worked for Ald. Danny Solis (25th) and for the United Neighborhood Organization, a community group that operates the largest charter-school network in Illinois. Alanis was a 2005 graduate of UNO’s Metropolitan Leadership Institute, a training program for young Hispanic professionals. According to profile information he provided to that program, he worked on immigration issues for UNO. His sister Veronica Alanis is a high-ranking Chicago Transit Authority official who, until recently, was a longtime member of UNO’s board.
Jesus Alanis went to work for City Hall when longtime UNO lawyer Homero Tristan was commissioner of the Human Resources Department, city records show.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, whose office prosecuted Alanis, said after he was convicted, “This case gets at the heart of the horrific nature of child pornography.”