Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Fires County Whistleblowers

Updated: Tuesday, 07 Dec 2010, 9:27 PM CST Published : Tuesday, 07 Dec 2010, 8:58 PM CST By Dane Placko, FOX Chicago News

Chicago – Three Cook County whistleblowers have been fired by new County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

The three employees– Todd Stroger’s scheduler, a secretary in the president’s office, and a public relations employee– all provided secret information to the county’s Inspector General and Cook County State’s Attorney which led to the criminal indictment of Stroger’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Carla Oglesby.

Oglesby is accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars through bogus “24-9” contracts.

All three whistleblowers are so-called “exempts” who serve at the will of the President, and it’s common for new presidents to clean house when they take over.

Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin said it’s possible that her transition team was unaware of the whistleblowers‘ involvement in the grand jury investigation.

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