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Chicago cures itself of patronage, judge rules, so constraints go away
Chicago cures itself of patronage, judge rules, so constraints go away

Chicago, which helped define the nature and power of political machines, was released from constraints on its hiring practices because it had cleaned up its act and had put into place rules to eliminate illegal patronage, a federal judge decided Monday. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier declared from the bench that the city had "taken the actions needed to prove it has achieved substantial compliance” with the decades-old Shakman accord, which bans the city from taking politics into account when hiring, firing and promoting. “I'm speaking to the people of Chicago that this is a big day for you," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in court, according to the Associated...

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