Alderman Used City Hall Clout To Give Jobs To Relatives

Ald. Carrie Austin attends a City Council meeting on June 12, 2019.
Ald. Carrie Austin attends a City Council meeting on June 12, 2019. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ
Ald. Carrie Austin attends a City Council meeting on June 12, 2019.
Ald. Carrie Austin attends a City Council meeting on June 12, 2019. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

Alderman Used City Hall Clout To Give Jobs To Relatives

A recent WBEZ investigation found that one of the longest-serving aldermen on City Council has used her City Hall clout to get relatives on the city payroll.

As head of the City Council’s Budget Committee, and through years of being a loyal ally to the last two mayors, personnel records show that Ald. Carrie Austin snagged government positions for her children and other relatives, and influenced salary raises, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Morning Shift checks in with WBEZ politics reporter Dan Mihalopolous about his investigation.

GUEST: Dan Mihalopoulos, investigative reporter on WBEZ’s government and politics desk