Inspector General takes over as hiring monitor at city
A judge ruled Monday that the city is no longer under the decades-long Shakman Decree. That was the original 1972 ruling that aimed to curb patronage at the city-the hiring and firing of individuals based on political affiliation. In 2005, a monitor was appointed to ensure the city was complying with the rules of the decree. After Monday’s ruling, that responsibility falls to Chicago’s Inspector General Joe Ferguson. We talk to Ferguson about what this new role means for him and the city.