By FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter Jan 14, 2011
Chicago city employees who are convicted of corruption would no longer be able to keep collecting their paychecks while awaiting sentencing, under a crackdown proposed Thursday that calls for firing upon conviction.
Three days after the Chicago Sun-Times’ “The Watchdogs” column disclosed the existence of a loophole through which workers convicted of corruption have remained on the city payroll, in some cases for months, Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) moved to close it.
The ordinance introduced at Thursday’s City Council meeting would change the city’s personnel rules to mandate that any city employee “found guilty of a crime involving corruption during the course of his [or her] public duties shall be discharged immediately after the rendered verdict.”