Detail Lawsuit Moves Forward
- A lawsuit alleging the hiring of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's security detail was tainted by racial bias and violated city rules against political hiring will move forward after a federal judge ruled there were indications that politics improperly played a role in how the team was selected.
In his 17-page decision, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber found "sufficient" evidence that Chicago police officials who assembled Emanuel's security team after he took office 2011 relied on a list compiled by a mayoral aide that included the names of six officers who volunteered in his campaign.
The judge also found merit to claims that Terry Hillard, who at the time was the interim police superintendent, and Brian Thompson, the head of the security unit, improperly assembled the new team based on race.
While Hillard and Thompson were the main decision-makers, the allegations surrounding one of Emanuel's first hires as mayor seemed to clash with the image he has tried to cultivate of taking politics out of city hiring.
Of course politics played a role - it always did. These guys had cushy jobs based on politics. None of them were security specialists prior top being appointed to serve Shortshanks. They got $20,000-to-30,000 per year raises based solely on politics. And then they lost the appointed job....on politics. Such is the way the cookie crumbles if your guy leaves. You aren't entitled to these spots. If you had actually taken a test and earned a spot, then they can't take it away on a whim. But this? Ridiculous.
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