City Council Moves to Close Loophole Keeping Convicted City Workers on Payroll
By Chuck Sudo in News on Jan 14, 2011 5:00PM
1st Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno
1st ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno said that ca-ca ain't right. "Right now, we are spending Chicago taxpayer dollars on convicted felons until sentencing, and that time frame can be a year, two years, three years — and we're continuing to pay," Moreno told the Tribune. Mayor Daley countered that the bill isn't any hair off his back, and City Corporation Counsel Mara Georges said she believes the city already has the right to fire workers once their convicted of a crime. The city's Human Resources Board, whose members are Daley appointees, have upheld the employment of convicted city workers on appeal.
The bill, if passed, is a step in the right direction, according to a spokesman for Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. Ferguson recommended firing of convicted city workers in an October report.