City Hall: The Home for Ex-Cons to Find a Job
By Chuck Sudo in News on Mar 7, 2011 2:30PM
One ex-con who wasn't named told the Sun-Times that he was on the "clout list" of former Daley patronage chief Robert Sorich, who was convicted five years ago of presiding over an illegal city hiring scheme. the felon's political sponsor was former Ald. Isaac "Ike" Carothers, who's serving a prison sentence for influencing a zoning case. Daley has said that he would work to make sure Sorich is able to return to a normal life once he's served his time.
Another ex-con hired by the city was convicted of shooting two police officers in the 1970s, one of them in the face. Yet another convicted felon hired by Ald. Carrie Austin was convicted of drug smuggling and was facing new charges at the time she was hired.
The hiring of ex-cons by the city is especially sensitive to city workers who have been laid off the Sun-Times interviewed for the article Keith Bialoruski, a city building inspector laid off two years ago, who understandably can't fathom why he doesn't have a job when some ex-cons do.