Political Appointee Gets $121, 643 for One Day’s Work

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An Illinois Prison Review Board member, Roger Walker Jr., has been fired after he showed up for work only once in the last 17 months. Walker was appointed to the board, which handles parole matters, by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in June 2009. The job pays an annual salary of $85,886.

A story earlier story this week in the Chicago Tribune exposed the arrangement, in which Walker showed up for a half-day orientation session, and then worked one day about three weeks after his appointment. The rest of the time he was on sick leave.

The full time position requires the 15-person board to meet several times per month, and separately travel around the state in groups of three visiting prisons on parole issues dealing with the 25,000 prisoner released each year.

Walker ran the Illinois Department of Corrections for six years preceding his appointment. He claimed that he was ill when he took the job, but that he needed the health insurance that came with it. Once on the job, he was too ill to show up for work- but apparently wasn’t too ill to cash his weekly paycheck.

Chicago Tribune

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