Political Hiring? Political Revenge?
Where? In Chicago? Come on - you can't seriously believe that, can you?
- Mayor Richard Daley's administration agreed Wednesday to a court settlement aimed at replacing the decades-old federal consent decree that bans political influence in almost all city hiring and firing decisions.
- The city will create a $12 million fund for people who claim that they have been discriminated against on the basis of politics. Michael Shakman, the lawyer who sued the city over patronage, said he expects thousands of people will apply for individual awards of as much as $100,000.
And if you try to buck the system, they will come after you.
- A federal judge has blocked the city from suspending two police supervisors who won a discrimination lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department.
- "By attempting to follow through with suspensions against the plaintiffs despite the jury's verdict, the city has conclusively made the case against itself that its retaliatory conduct is likely to persist in the future," Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole wrote in a stinging opinion signed last Thursday.
What a screwed up system we live under.