CHICAGO (CBS) — Democratic bosses in Cook County have chosen Stanley Moore, a former state transportation official, to replace convicted County Commissioner William Beavers, even though Moore had recent ethics issues of his own.
WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports Democratic committeemen heard from 12 hopefuls before picking Moore to replace Beavers on the Cook County Board, even though Moore has just finished off paying a $3,000 fine for allegedly campaigning on the taxpayers’ dime.
Beavers lost his county commissioner’s seat last month, after his federal conviction for tax evasion.
Moore, a former deputy director at the Illinois Department of Transportation, left that job four years ago, shortly before a state ethics probe into allegations he clocked into work on three days in 2008, while he was out seeking campaign donations for a failed run for the Illinois House.
He was fined $3,000 in 2010, but didn’t pay the fine until earlier this week.
Moore told the selection committee he paid the fine rather than hire an attorney he couldn’t afford to fight the accusation.
Among others, Moore was up against former County Board President Todd Stroger, and former state Sen. Howard Brookins Sr., whose son, Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. (21st) supported Moore and had the most weighted votes in the selection process.