Mayor Rahm Emanuel suggested Wednesday that people shouldn’t be too hard on Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th), who’s been a no-show at the City Council in recent weeks, while her husband, former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., has been dealing with serious legal and medical problems.
The Emanuel administration is expected to release a report later Wednesday, showing that absenteeism among employees in the Department of Streets and Sanitation is down.
Chicago Transit Authority president Forrest Claypool says the agency is doing what it can to end the rampant employee absenteeism that can lead to long waits for passengers.
The Emanuel administration claimed Tuesday that many garbage collectors have been getting three-day weekends by calling in sick on Monday or Friday. The union representing those workers said it’s trying to address the problem, but also said it’s not nearly as bad as the city claims.
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