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Ald. Joe Moore accused of corruption

A North Side alderman was honored by the White House Monday as a pioneer for political reform. Hours later, he was accused of corruption by the city’s watchdog.

Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan has accused Ald. Joe Moore of inappropriate taxpayer-funded payments to two employees he fired from his office.

In a letter to his constituents, Moore says the allegations against him are baseless, and that Faisal Khan is on a witch hunt.
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Alderman Joe Moore says he wants to set the record straight. That’s why he wrote a lengthy letter to his 49th ward constituents today, to tell them he has done nothing wrong.

Moore says the allegations against him are baseless, and that the City of Chicago Legislative Inspector General, Faisal Khan, is on a witch hunt.

It was a week and a half ago that Khan released a report stating that the progressive, reform-minded North Sider abused his authority by firing a staff member for blowing the whistle on political campaign work done in the ward office. The report also concludes that Moore fired his chief of staff and provides 81 days of severance pay.

On his website and in an email to 13,000 Ward residents, Moore is answering those charges. As for the severance pay, he says he was trying to be a good employer in a bad economy.

As for the allegation about the whistleblower, Moore says she didn’t know how to get along with others and was responsible for a toxic office environment.

Her claim is simple– the story never is…

60-year-old Anne Sullivan spoke Tuesday about her former boss, 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore.

Her name is out in the public for blowing the whistle Moore and his staff– but she wants to keep her face concealed for fear of harassment and retribution within the ward.

Former employee speaks out against Alderman MooreAnne challenged Moore and his staff on the issue in 2009 and more said it was time for her to go.

Sullivan told WGN that Moore was trying to keep her quiet-so he offered her what he called a severance package: three and a half months salary plus benefits to leave his ward office. She was ruffling too many feathers. But she wondered about the severance.

Was it legal? She was right. No such thing exists for city employees.

She says the realization back then gave her a panic attack.

Moore calls the legislative inspector general agrees. His report, released yesterday, accuses the unnamed alderman investigated in this case of theft for paying employees who are not doing any work for the ward.

The alderman may have called it severance. The IG calls it ghost payrolling.

Alderman Moore’s office did not return calls Tuesday. But yesterday he called the inspector general’s claims baseless– claiming the office had run amok. He also referred to Anne Sullivan his former employee as disgruntled.

To that Anne Sullivan– out of work since 2009— says she’s disappointed.  Happy now that her claims are being heard, four years later.

The FBI has interviewed Joe Moore about it.

A North Side alderman was honored by the White House Monday as a pioneer for political reform. Hours later, he was accused of corruption by the city’s watchdog.

Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan has accused Ald. Joe Moore of inappropriate taxpayer-funded payments to two employees he fired from his office.

In one case, he apparently gave money to a former employee, asking her to stay quiet after she complained about political work being done in his ward office in violation of city laws.

Moore has issued a statement denying the charges, saying his career has been guided by two core values: openness and accountability.

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