This is quite a lede.
Cook County Board President Bobbie Steele asked the county’s patronage chief Gerald Nichols to clean out his office just outside her own Friday because she could not figure out exactly what his official job was.
The Sun-Times on Monday reported county officials saying that for years Nichols called them to plug politically connected people both for policy positions — which is allowed — and also for lower-level jobs, which by court order are supposed to go to job applicants who score well on tests.
“I had a meeting with him Friday and removed him from his position,” Steele said. “He explained to me that his role when he worked for President [John] Stroger was to sort his mail, prioritize invitations and to sometimes serve as a surrogate for the president. Well, I don’t need him to do that.”