Ex-Alderman Shirley Coleman On, Off, Then Back on County Payroll
(Chicago Sun Times) — It was a series of moves that saw a former Chicago alderman go from having a job on the Cook County payroll to losing it to getting another county job — all in the span of less than two months. First, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle fired Shirley Coleman, a former colleague on the Chicago City Council. Then, she rehired her — though at a cut in pay, records and interviews show. Coleman had worked since 2009 as an administrative assistant with the county’s Office of Adoptions and Child Custody Advocacy. Then, on Feb. 9, Preckwinkle eliminated Coleman’s $75,828-a-year job. It was nothing personal, Preckwinkle aides say. With the county facing money troubles, they say, Coleman’s job was just a victim of belt-tightening.