How Could This Happen?
- Tony Cole, the convicted felon at the center of Cook County Board President Todd Stroger's patronage hiring scandal, has called the McGill Terrace Apartments on the South Side home since February of last year.
The apartments are provided either free, or at reduced monthly rent, for those with a low income. Now a government agency is asking a simple question: How did Cole worm his way into a federally funded free studio apartment?
- [...] Stroger lifted him out of a busboy job at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and placed him in a $48,000-a-year executive assistant position in the County Building. Soon Cole got a raise to $58,000 annually.
Federal rules say Cole could only live in the subsidized studio apartment if he made less than $24,000 a year.
Gee, a violation of Federal law. In Chicago, Cook County, State of Illinois. Who'd have thunk it?