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Watchdog: Stroger using county jobs to reward supporters, punish foes

July 14, 2010

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger is using the county payroll to reward those who backed his failed re-election effort and punish those who did not, a court-appointed hiring watchdog told a federal judge Tuesday.

To do that, Stroger’s staff has lowered minimum job qualifications, pretended not to know job applicants when they did, tried to invoke emergency hiring powers and fed job test answers to applicants with political sponsors, the hiring monitor stated in a 35-page report.