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Watchdog accuses County Clerk
Karen Yarbrough of running ‘illegal
patronage’ operation, wants court oversight

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Posted By: earlybird, 9/11/2019 1:55:08 PM

Less than a year into office, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough faces potential federal court oversight of hiring amid a watchdog’s accusations that she’s “running an illegal patronage employment system.” Veteran anti-patronage attorney Michael Shakman said in a new legal filing that Yarbrough has put the politically connected into jobs that are supposed to be free from such influence, asked her employees for campaign contributions on their private cellphones and transferred certain supervisors to far-flung offices in hopes they’ll quit. Yarbrough, who was under federal court oversight in her previous job as recorder of deeds, called Shakman’s latest allegations “outrageous” and “preposterous.”

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Reply 1 - Posted by: qr4j 9/11/2019 2:06:48 PM (No. 177296)
It's Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. Of course, you are going to find patronage. "If you can't help your own, who can you help?" That is the way things are done in that city, that county, and this state. (What party controls EVERYTHING in Illinois? It ain't the GOP!)
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Luandir 9/11/2019 2:25:27 PM (No. 177307)
And people say county employees have no ambition! /s
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Heraclitus 9/11/2019 2:54:28 PM (No. 177328)
The shocking thing is that nobody is shocked. This is the way it works, and has worked, and no-one's going to change it because they want a piece, too. Look at all the big Dem city governments... same thing. Look at Washington, DC, worst of the worst, with every new Congressman becoming contaminated immediately or not staying long enough to effect change (without becoming ensnared in the whole nasty tangled web). Patronage. look at judgeships, for another example of corruption. To top it off, they are all on government payrolls, and then government pensions. When you see the word "government money/payroll" go look in the mirror, because it's the taxpayer's hard-earned dollars.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: web 9/11/2019 3:02:13 PM (No. 177332)
I am shocked.. shocked that demoncrats would stoop to allowing illegal political patronage to go on. Tammany Hall would be shocked. Chicago, New York and San Francisco would be shocked. Detroit, Kansas City. These are all historically demoncrat run cities that are models of virtue and competence, no?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: cor-vet 9/11/2019 3:19:31 PM (No. 177352)
I'm not shocked, but who would be? The problem is, it isn't only democrats in Chicago, it's politicians of both stripes and it starts at the local level and rises upward!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: hershey 9/11/2019 3:25:35 PM (No. 177357)
It's da 'Chicago way' doncha know....nothing to see here...another democrap, just move it along...
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Vaquero45 9/11/2019 5:08:01 PM (No. 177422)
Hey, it’s Chicago. Some things never change.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MickTurn 9/11/2019 5:47:41 PM (No. 177447)
Of course, every Politician, especially Democrooks hire all their friends/relatives surprise here!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: ZeldaFitzg 9/11/2019 6:44:38 PM (No. 177486)
Many years ago, as part of a delegation from his national professional association, my husband visited Capitol Hill offices of House members, including the office of a House member from Texas. The legislator (black) had all black employees in her office, not a single non-black face in sight. The young man charged with welcoming the group was unprofessional in manner and also tried to flirt in an unwelcome and unseemly way with a female member (white) of the visiting delegation. Nothing surprises me about black patronage and the low standards that can result.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Heil Liberals 9/11/2019 6:46:18 PM (No. 177489)
Bwahahahaha!!!! This is news?! Chi ca go... bang, bang!
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Reply 11 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 9/12/2019 1:38:08 AM (No. 177642)
Don't even bother looking. So many blacks in federal and state jobs discriminate against white employees. It's not only Affirmative Action but the pensions they receive. My elected person in DC sent out a newsletter and everyone in the photos was black but one token white who must have been lost. Call any state or county office in FL and it's all blacks. If the elected person is spanish, all of the employees are spanish.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: PChristopher 9/12/2019 1:48:41 AM (No. 177647)
Another member of the protected species acting without scruples or morals.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: tom7 9/12/2019 2:29:36 PM (No. 178138)
The lavender mafia never forgets and never forgives - they dedicate their lives to vengeance.
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