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News Flash: Stroger Didn't Follow The Rules

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Sep 10, 2010 3:20PM

2009_09_10_toddler.jpg We're shocked - shocked, we tell you - to learn this morning that outgoing Cook County President Todd Stroger has been accused of hiring shenanigans. A motion in an ongoing lawsuit brought by attorney Michael Shakman alleges Stroger has violated a political hiring ban 157 times. According to the Sun-Times:

Shakman alleges the Stroger administration has been hiring people and putting them in so-called exempt jobs, even though the positions do not appear on the court list.

"That's not true," said Stroger spokesman Eugene Mullins. "We do not make up positions. When a position is vacant or someone retires or is fired, the president fills those positions."

Stroger pulling hiring shenanigans? We've never heard of such a thing. Besides, if he were really trying to pull off of this off, wouldn't the Board vote to limit his hiring power? Oh, wait.