Master of the Obvious - Mayoral Edition
Mayor Daley acknowledged today that he should have been aware of city hiring abuses and "should have exercised greater oversight" to make certain everything was on the square.
But, the mayor categorically denied the portrait painted by federal prosecutors that resulted in last week's conviction of Daley's former patronage chief and three others: That there was wholesale rigging of hiring and promotions to reward pro-Daley armies of political workers.
"It wasn't all a sham. It was not all a sham. There were some mistakes. But, it was not a sham," the mayor said.
What Victor Chang had in clout, he apparently lacked in driving skills.
In late 1997, Chang got a job driving a city garbage truck.
He averaged an accident a year. It took six accidents in his city garbage truck before the city fired him.