Federal judge ends monitoring of City Hall patronage hiring

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After several decades, a federal judge lifted restrictions on hiring placed on city officials under the Shakman Decree.

The law to get politics out of hiring went into effect in 1972.

Michael Shakman, who filed the original case, supports the move, but a number of attorneys are objecting.

They say the city is not in compliance.

Some aldermen won’t approve one directive that city employees, fired or forced out for misconduct, may not be given jobs at the city’s sister agencies — the CTA, the Park District, or Chicago Public Schools.

Mayor Emanuel supports an inter-agency “do not hire” list.


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