Metra’s new chairman wants to give the commuter rail agency’s board the power to hire top employees, but some on its board see it as a patronage grab.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not commenting directly on whether it is appropriate for faith-based groups that are backing of his education agenda to get millions of dollars worth of city contracts.
Miguel Del Valle says the prison sentence given for former Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez brings to mind rival Rahm Emanuel’s connections to Chicago’s old patronage system.
Political patronage will cost the Cook County Forest Preserve District more than half a million dollars.
The Cook County Sheriff’s office has become the first to be declared free, or mostly free, of political patronage that’s so tarnished Chicago government for decades.