Proposed Chicago law would enable city to fire convicted felons on payroll

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Chicago alderman Joe Moreno made a proposal at Thursday’s  city council meeting that would require the firing of city workers convicted on corruption charges.

Mayor Richard M. Daley didn't have much of an opinion about the proposal.

“Right now, we are spending Chicago taxpayer dollars on convicted felons until sentencing, and that time frame can be a year, two years, three years — and we’re continuing to pay,” Moreno said.

The process can also be drawn out through a lengthy appeal process.

Moreno said he came up with the idea after the city’s Inspector General Joseph Ferguson pointed out the practice in a quarterly report.

When asked about the plan at a news conference following the city council meeting, Mayor Richard M. Daley said, “I don’t know. It doesn’t bother me.”

Chicago Tribune

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