WBEZ | nepotism http://www.wbez.org/tags/nepotism Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Patronage, films and end-of-life care http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-19/morning-shift-patronage-films-and-end-life-care <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Elder Care-Flickr-Adams County Manor.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today we&#39;ll find out if patronage is alive and well in Chicago, then immerse ourselves in the sound of Third Coast&#39;s ShortDocs festival. And we speak with experts about what the best way to deal with a loved one&#39;s death is.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-26.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-26" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Patronage, films and Lil B " on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-19/morning-shift-patronage-films-and-end-life-care Door knockers seek fraud in Illinois House race http://www.wbez.org/news/door-knockers-seek-fraud-illinois-house-race-98650 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Guzzardi1CROPSCALEsmaller.jpg" style="height: 249px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Will Guzzardi prepares volunteers Sunday night for their canvass of voters in District 39. He lost a March 20 primary to incumbent Rep. Toni Berrios, D-Chicago, by 125 votes. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)"></div><p>After an extraordinary search for fraud, the losing candidate in an Illinois House primary last month says he is considering a last-minute legal challenge to expose “corruption” tied to one of the state’s strongest political chiefs.</p><p>Monday is the last day for 39th District challenger Will Guzzardi to file a petition in Cook County Circuit Court to contest his March 20 loss to Rep. Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios (D-Chicago), who won by 125 votes, or 1.58 percent, of the 7,917 ballots cast.</p><p>The Guzzardi campaign alleges more than a half dozen Election Day irregularities, including a missing precinct voter list, a poll that opened nearly an hour late and inappropriate contact between Berrios operatives and voters. A discovery recount, Guzzardi adds, turned up too many ballot application signatures that don’t resemble what appears on voter registrations.</p><p>On Sunday night, Guzzardi sent out five volunteers to finish a door-to-door canvass to see if those voters cast the ballots. “We want to make sure that voters in this district [and] people around the city can have faith in the election so we can make sure that elections represent the will of the people,” Guzzardi said.</p><p>Berrios spokesman Manuel Galvan said her campaign would not comment unless Guzzardi made his complaints formal.</p><p>“Will has been making these allegations since the election but has never filed them with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, which is what you would do if you had allegations that you were able to substantiate,” Galvan said.</p><p>Board spokesman Jim Allen said door-to-door canvasses seeking signs of election fraud are rare. “I’ve never heard of it in my six years with the board,” Allen said.</p><p>The district includes parts of several Northwest Side neighborhoods, including Logan Square, Hermosa and Belmont Cragin. Berrios has represented it since 2003.</p><p>The Guzzardi campaign has aimed much of its criticism at her father, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, who is the county’s Democratic chair and the longtime committeeman of Chicago’s 31st Ward, which covers much of the district. Powerful committeemen often have some influence over the election judges in their ward.</p></p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/door-knockers-seek-fraud-illinois-house-race-98650 Cook County commissioner wants family hiring ban http://www.wbez.org/story/assessor-joe-berrios/cook-county-commissioner-wants-family-hiring-ban <p><p>Cook County commissioners are expected to debate an ordinance that would ban officials from hiring friends or relatives. The county government has long had a reputation for nepotism. Recently&nbsp; Assessor Joe Berrios hired two relatives soon after he took over the office.</p><p>A federal court order bans political or personal matters from factoring into hiring decisions, but there are exceptions to that rule.</p><p>Cook County Commissioner Earlean Collins, D-Chicago, said hiring friends and family members is a problem and the practice should be stopped.</p><p>&quot;My God, we've got some people got hiring their kids and their grandkids and other folks, too. You know, working their relatives and friends. I mean, that's how it goes. Let's be real about it. Let's cut it out. If you're going to stop it, let's cut it out,&quot;&nbsp;Collins said.</p><p>Collins has proposed an ordinance adding broad language to the county's ethics code that would ban officials from hiring family members or friends.</p><p>The full county board meets Wednesday.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/assessor-joe-berrios/cook-county-commissioner-wants-family-hiring-ban Preckwinkle takes Berrios to task for hiring family members http://www.wbez.org/story/assessor-joe-berrios/preckwinkle-takes-berrios-task-hiring-family-members <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_6401.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is taking the county's assessor to task for hiring his family members. Newly-sworn in Joe Berrios put his son and sister on the assessor payroll this week. Berrios is also the chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.</p><p>Preckwinkle said the hirings give the appearance of impropriety.</p><p>&quot;I think it's critically important that we bring talented, competent people into government,&quot;&nbsp;Preckwinkle said. &quot;And I'm not - in the 19 years that I've been alderman, I never hired any family members and I think it's inappropriate.&quot;</p><p>Preckwinkle says she does not regret supporting Berrios' campaign for assessor. She also announced 22 county employees under former Board President Todd Stroger have been let go.</p></p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 20:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/assessor-joe-berrios/preckwinkle-takes-berrios-task-hiring-family-members