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Proviso Probe

Monday, August 21, 2006

KLEPT, Stroger patronage boss directed employment exams rigged

Gerald Nichols, patronage chief for former Cook County Board President John Stroger, directed a county employee to recommend an unqualified candidate who worked in Stroger's political organization. See Sun-Times (Abdon M. Pallasch); h/t Capitol Fax Blog.

Here's what I'd like to see.

The county should publish a list of county employees, but department, salary and home ward or township.

There should be affirmative action for the parts of Cook County with especially low incomes, high incarceration rates and low graduation rates, but otherwise the county should strive for fairness.

Wards that have vastly more than their share of county jobs couldn't get new people on county payroll.

This would be fair and it would diminish the power of the patronage system.

BTW, what's Commissioner Tony Peraica proposing if he gets elected county board president?

[UPDATE: Rich Miller (Capitol Fax Blog) leads a discussion on Bobbi Steele kicking Nichols to the curb.

HANKSTER wrote in the commments: Kinda funny since he was probably the one that hired her four family members on the county payroll.]

[UPDATE2: Rich Miller (Capitol Fax Blog) has a further discussion on Nichols vague or non-existant job description.]

7 Comments:

  • I wonder what the Proviso Guru, Gary Woll, Eugene Moore and Chris Welch think about how good county goverment worked under John Stroger and the future Toddler? Vote for honest goverment from the people, vote Peraica!

    By Anonymous Maywood Joe, at 9:39 PM, August 21, 2006  

  • Heard an anecdote about Nichols. A county employee applied for a promotion. Nichols told the employee he needed the blessing of his committeeman, a Stroger ally.

    By Blogger Carl Nyberg, at 1:03 PM, August 22, 2006  

  • To: Maywood Joe

    I see that for some reason or another you've lumped me with Gary Woll, Eugene Moore, and Chris Welch. However, I can only speak for myself. I think county government has worked just as good as any other municipal government in the Chicagoland area. In case you haven't noticed, state and local governments across the nation have been experiencing lean times the past few years. A Peraica administration would only add to the number of his allies and relatives on the payroll. Trust me, that'll be the only difference.

    By Blogger Provisoguru, at 1:30 PM, August 22, 2006  

  • The two most corrupt cities in America are Chicago and Boston, and both are run by the Democratic Machine. Enough said!
    Republicans are about good,honest goverment and democrats are about corruption and cronyism and Blame America first!

    By Anonymous ex-democrat, at 4:35 PM, August 22, 2006  

  • Also the most corrupt Township in Illinios (Provsio) and the most corrupt villages in Proviso ,Maywood and Melrose Park are dominated politically by the Democratic Party and there machines. Enough said!
    Democrats are all about corruption and not taking care of there villages and the people!

    By Anonymous ex-democrat, at 5:40 PM, August 22, 2006  

  • Peraica has mike manzo as a add. asst. at 45000 grand a year and all the perks what a deadly duo

    By Blogger fisherguy, at 3:19 PM, August 23, 2006  

  • Go Perica! It is time to make a change. oh, by the way, i am a democrat and black. Go Perica.

    By Anonymous Go Perica, at 12:43 AM, August 27, 2006  

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