Wednesday, July 20, 2005

NYT: "Top City Officials Arrested in Chicago Hiring Fraud" (Jodi Wilgoren)

In court papers, federal agents described how one man was picked to be an equipment dispatcher based on high interview scores despite having died before the interviews were conducted, while another was promoted to a full-time truck driver's position though he was on active duty in Iraq while supposedly acing the interview.
Mr. Daley, whose approval ratings have plummeted as the scandal has grown, said he was saddened by the arrests of two men he described as "good people who are upstanding in the community," but sought to distance himself from the accusations, saying, "I don't know of any per se political hiring."

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"It was a pervasive fraud for a long period of time," Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, said in an interview on Tuesday. "We're talking about something that was not just one isolated incident." Mr. Fitzgerald is also the special prosecutor investigating the leak of the identity of the C.I.A. operative Valerie Wilson.

The above is from Jodi Wilgoren's "Top City Officials Arrested in Chicago Hiring Fraud" in this morning's New York Times. There is news in the paper that's not Bully Boy's Boy Roberts. For those wanting a discussion on the announcement, tune into Democracy Now! today where Goodman will be offering this topic with the perspective Democracy Now! is famous for.

Lynda points out that Bully Boy appears to be wearing some sort of girdle in some photos. I haven't noticed that because I'm more focused on the latest hair color change of the Bully Boy. He also appears to have used a can of hair spray on his hair. Nora notes that Roberts shouldn't be confirmed as a result of his hair do alone.

Ben wonders where Ruth is? She's still working on the thing she's researching. When it does go up, I'm sure you'll understand the delay.

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