An interesting quote
Here's the link for the article. But the following quote deserves to be looked at closely: Patrick Fitzgerald, US Attorney -
"Every resident of Chicago has the right to compete fairly for a better job if he or she is qualified, without regard to political affiliation or whether they do campaign work. Every applicant who sits for an interview is entitled to an honest evaluation. And the residents of Chicago are entitled to the best qualified laborers, plumbers, foremen and inspectors. And when a federal court order requires that people be hired or promoted without regard to political affiliation, the court order must be followed." (emphasis added by moderator)
If that isn't a TEXTBOOK statement of why this city needs to do away with "merit" promotions, we don't know what is. Hopefully, even now, someone in the appropriate position at FOP is looking into negotiating hardball with the city to get rid of these political appointments masquerading as "merit."