City’s Do-Not-Hire List Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Critics Say
(Chicago Tribune) — It took Mayor Richard Daley’s administration years to come up with a roster of wayward city workers who should be banned from the public payroll, but the new do-not-hire list could die when Daley leaves office this spring. What’s more, the banishment does not extend to schools, the Park District, the CTA or the City Council. The city’s court-appointed hiring monitor and inspector general have long pushed for the hiring restrictions, citing repeated cases where employees ousted for alleged wrongdoing resurfaced somewhere else in city government. Both said Tuesday that the list does not go far enough. “The city still hasn’t used it to ensure these same people haven’t been hired at sister agencies, each of which are either controlled by, or whose leadership is appointed by, the mayor,” said Jon Davey, a spokesman for Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. At least three people on the newly released list of 218 former employees had earlier landed jobs elsewhere in city government. In one case, the inspector general’s office fired one of its own investigators who was arrested for shoplifting. The woman was later acquitted of the charge and was rehired for a similar job at Chicago Public Schools.