Al "Chinese Wall" Vroustouris Defended
It's been a tough week for Chicago Inspector General Alexander Vroustouris. Besides a bunch of newspapers publishing his salary so everyone can see how much he makes ($107,304 - not too shabby!), a bunch of Aldermen came down on him yesterday for missing big stuff like the Hired Truck Scandal and the recent tow truck upset (is it a "Scandal" yet?).
But yesterday Mayor Richard M. Daley came to the defense of Vroustouris, saying that, "He has a Chinese Wall built around him." Translation: He's really independent. And thus our picture to the right.
Since his appointment to the job in 1989, Vroustouris has spent his term in office uncovering ghost payrollers, theft, and paycheck forgers (check out this Google search). That's the kind of stuff an IG does, but still you gotta wonder why none of the big ticket items was uncovered by his office.