Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Steele reacts to Sun-Times by ousting clout figure
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Steele reacts to Sun-Times by ousting clout figure

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2006

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.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - annoyed all the time - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 11:14 am:

    Ohhh you have good stuff up today. Good for her. Would love to know how much he was paid for that job. Keep going Ms. Steele. Don’t stop there, and certainly don’t go there and you will go down in Cook County history for being willing to step up.

  2. - Anon. - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 11:21 am:

    Wait a minute….Nichols made $114,000 a year to sort mail and prioritize invitations. Unbelievable.

  3. - Don Sloan - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 11:28 am:

    Great Job, Mrs. Steele, continue cleaning up Cook County and also if you can telll Toddler to find another position, since he see’s nothing wrong with Nichols jobs performance and salary!

  4. - Cassandra - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 11:30 am:

    My understanding was that Nichols was moved elsewhere in the bureaucracy, no doubt at the same salary.

    Steele’s job is to clean up the most visible problems before the Toddler gets there in December. Taxpayers are supposed to believe that this consistutes massive reform of the extraordinarily corrupt County government. It doesn’t.

    Steele will be handsomely rewarded for doing this via the large pension increase she gets if she leaves in December.

  5. - anon - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 11:34 am:

    Note that he is alleged to have been Stroger’s patronage chief, and Steele has stated that she believes that may have been part of his job. It is very difficult to believe that Steele does not know him and exactly what he “does” there. Note also that Steele has not removed him from the county highway department’s payroll, just out of his office. So now, he’s getting paid to do absolutely nothing. So what, exactly, has Steele actually DONE about this man???

  6. - HANKSTER - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 11:38 am:

    Kinda funny since he was probably the one that hired her four family members on the county payroll.

  7. - I didnt' hear this - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 11:46 am:

    Did Tony Periaca call for his Son Markos’s Resignation today…

  8. - Anon. - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 11:59 am:

    Peraica’s kid makes $26,000 a year with the clerk of the court (he’s not employed by the county, per se); big, fat, hairy deal. If Peraica could and did clout his kid onto the county payroll, I think he’d be making more like the $80,000 plus all 4 of Steele’s kids are making.

  9. - Chick McGann - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 12:41 pm:

    Excuse it all you want, but Tony Peraica DID use his influence to land his son a job, and yes, the Clerk of the Courts jobs are county jobs. $26, $2600, $26,000 or $260,000. Whatever. It’s STILL TAXPAYERS’ DOLLARS! Tony is a hypocrites’ hypocrite. Tony should use some of the money he loaned himself, what 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS to land an $85k job to pay his son if he wants him to be gainfully employed. I’d prefer that he not use MY money instead.

  10. - Tom - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 12:57 pm:

    Steele’s bump in pension for just a few months as Pres, as well as all her relatives on the county payroll, are bothersome. Her removal of Nichols from his patronage position is refreshing. She should earn the pension increase with more housecleaning before Todd Stroger gets there. He won’t rock the boat.

    For all the Dems who say they are crossing over to vote Peraica, I don’t believe it. For most of them it’s tough talk months before the election. When they enter the booth they will revert to loyal serfs they are and vote for the man with the magic (D) after his name. For any real reform to occur in government blind loyalty to either party must be discarded.

  11. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 1:10 pm:

    Good to see Steele doing some clean-up.

    Peraica’s silence on the hiring of his son at the County is deafening.

  12. - C'mon - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 1:21 pm:

    It’s all window dressing. Steele will just replace Nichols with her own toady who will do the same “job” that he did at the same price. So now we’ll have two people doing nothing for $114,000 each. And when she leaves, Toddler will bring Nichols back and send Steele’s person out. Bank on it.

  13. - HANKSTER - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 1:25 pm:

    I guess I will change my negative outlook on the above mentioned family hirings until someone can show that these people are not qualified or are overpaid for what they do. I think now it seems to early attack them just because of who their family is.

  14. - Garp - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 1:50 pm:

    THis guy is now making $114,000 to do nothing as far as I can tell and Steele won’t dare fire him unless he is indicted because she has to protect her people when the next prez comes along. Another words, this is a joke and a total waste of taxpayers money.

  15. - Give Me a Break - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 5:24 pm:

    Steele pulled a slick one on the press. The Sun-Times headlne said that Stroger’s patronage chief got the boot, and you had to read all the way to the middle of the story to find out that he simply got his offices moved upstairs! He’s just a few feet away, still collecting his $114,000 a year salary. Is that reform?

    The press needs to open its eyes. If Steele is “cleaning things up,” why didn’t she let him go? Is it because that same patronage chief arranged for her 4 kids to be placed on the county payoll?

    So spare me the misleading headlines and stories. Steele just took the heat off herself without doing anything, and the press bought it!

    Give me a break!

  16. - IDOT PRO - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 6:00 pm:

    Guess Nichols will be joining the HELM @IDOT soon to join the rest of his County hack-do-nothings.

  17. - Squideshi - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 6:20 pm:

    With corruption like this, I’m glad that I’m a member of the Illinois Green Party.

  18. - Anon - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 6:59 pm:

    there seems to be a presumption around here that if you have a relative on the payroll, that is ipso facto corruption. Is that the standard? Shouldn’t there at least be some evidence that the person was not qualified and/or you used undo influence to get them hired before making slurs about corruption?

  19. - Patrick McDonough - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 7:52 pm:

    Where is John Daley in all this? Selling Insurance?

  20. - Enough - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 8:24 pm:

    This farce needs to end. The shenanigans at the County Board almost seem like something akin to the carpetbagger period in the Reconstruction Era South.

  21. - Concern Citizen - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 8:33 pm:

    While our property tax goes up up and up we sit and watch unflod. I have been a Dem all my life. We need to send a message to the Dem party. Thye work for us. I beg everyone to push for a change and stop this maddness. Mayve T.P. isn’t the best choice but as a taxpapyer I think he is our only choice. While we struggle to pay these taxs the fat cats “stoger clan” feed off us like rats. Lets stop the maddnes remove SToger and everything he stands for

  22. - Countee Mountee - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 9:24 pm:

    Gerald was one of the few who actually knew how to keep the county running. Odds are Fasst Eddie V’s pal Fast TonyP would have kept him on board. Look for chaos

  23. - Snidely Whiplash - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 9:42 pm:

    I agree with Give Me a Break. Countee Mountee, please gimme some of whatever you be smokin’, Bro!

  24. - Anno-yed - Tuesday, Aug 22, 06 @ 10:10 pm:

    Considering the subject, Chaos would be a considerable improvement. Dig man, here comes Mack-the-Knife.

  25. - Fred Ziffel - Wednesday, Aug 23, 06 @ 12:08 am:

    Still waiting to hear the governor has fired all his offending patronage-pushing goons, all caught with their hands in the state till.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Illinois will remain in Crosscheck for now
* Maybe practice what you preach, JB?
* After claiming Madigan was on a "descent into madness," Ives now pledges different approach
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Question of the day
* Rauner's Madigan schtick wearing thin with the... Kankakee Daily Journal?
* Crain's kills off reader comments
* Freudian slip?
* In mad scramble to deal with opioid crisis, many mistakes are being made
* New sexual harassment laws derided as toothless
* Chuy Garcia to endorse Berrios opponent, and other campaign news
* *** UPDATED x1 - Preckwinkle responds *** Stroger says he's running against Preckwinkle
* Local 150 and Dan Proft: The enemy of my enemy is my friend
* Southern publishes scathing editorial on "bizarre" Rauner press conference
* BGA: At least 35 reported leaks at nuke plants in ten years
* New York Senator endorses Lipinski's Democratic opponent
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...





* Lawmaker Exodus..
* Government's role at the heart of Illinois race.....
* Local 150, Republican activist gang up against .....

* Illinois DNR to landowners: Do homework before selling trees
* Police board overrules superintendent, will review 2012 case
* 2 men serving life sentences for rape, murder released
* Ex-Chicago officer who shot at teens gets 5-year sentence
* Lawsuit against Hastert alleging sexual assault dismissed
* Final report analyzes options for controversial oil pipeline
* Lawsuit against Hastert alleging sexual assault dismissed
* Illinois to stay in much-criticized voter database for now
* Chicago plans to sue US Steel over Indiana plant's spills
* Coal City man pleads not guilty in woman's shooting death

* House task force to review sexual harassment
* Electric cars, better fuel efficiency spell doom for Illinois gas tax
* Springfield wants out of legislation limiting payments for 5G antennas
* Fact check: Are Gov. Rauner's grandparents immigrants?
* Londrigan accused of attacking Davis for 'opposite' of remarks
* Gov. Rauner signs sex harassment legislation
* Under the Dome Podcast: Governor's race, sexual harassment, Rodney Davis
* Macoupin Co. highway renamed in honor of soldier who died in Vietnam
* Macoupin Co. highway renamed in honor of solder who died in Vietnam
* Schoenburg: Rep. Davis leads new caucus, pleased with White House access

* Illinois to stay in controversial voter database for now
* Wirtz family in deal to form $12 billion liquor distributor
* Todd Stroger wants his old job back
* UIC may absorb John Marshall Law School

* Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order
* The Fantasy Fool: Big producers can become mortal fast
* Person fatally shot in Palos Heights
* US ending temporary permits for almost 60,000 Haitians
* 28-year-old man shot in Humboldt Park
* Family sues Six Flags over ‘savage’ attack during Fright Fest
* Crash involving hazardous materials in McKinley Park hospitalizes 4
* Judge orders memorabilia huckster held in jail
* Zach LaVine gets the thumbs up and has first contact practice in LA
* Round Lake Park police investigate death of seven-week old baby girl

* Report: Rep. John Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct
* Federal judge permanently blocks Trump's executive order to cut funding to sanctuary cities
* Air Force pilot dead, another injured after plane crash in Texas
* Jana Novotna, remembered for tears of sadness and then joy at Wimbledon, dies at 49
* Trump says U.S. will declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror
* Police: 1 man killed in Palos Heights shooting
* 1 killed, dozens injured in explosions, fire at upstate New York cosmetics factory
* Police investigating death of 7-week-old girl in Round Lake Park
* A Border Patrol agent is dead in Texas, but the circumstances remain murky
* 1 dead 4 wounded following shootings

» How Chicago’s New Budget Could Affect You In 2018 — And Beyond
» How A Chicago Cop Sentenced To Prison Could Affect The Jason Van Dyke Trial
» Illinois Lawmaker's Plan To Combat Opioid Abuse With Cannabis
» Black Lives Matter Takes On Hunger With New Food Box
» State Week: Are Voters Thinking About 2018?
» Legislative Checklist: Veto Session
» How 3 Women Want To Make Illinois’ Political Future Female
» Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Seizure Of Woman’s Harley
» Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Seizure Of Woman's Harley
» Statehouse Ethical Issues Might Need Outside Oversight, Legislators Say

* Marc A. Thiessen: Trump should make sure Roy Moore drops out
* House task force to review sexual harassment
* Rex Huppke: Moment of reckoning for swinish behavior is here
* George Will: In Illinois, a looming battle over the bankrupting 'blue model'
* Bernard Schoenburg: Ives says Rauner joined 'ruling class' he was to fight
* Statehouse Insider: Republican primary for governor underway
* Doubek: For harassment and beyond, Springfield needs stronger accountability
* Jim Dixon: It is time for a fair tax for Illinois
* Our View: It’s time for decision on YWCA block
* Electric cars, better fuel efficiency spell doom for Illinois gas tax

* Carbondale Police car involved in wreck
* Honeywell announces plans to idle Metropolis plant, reduce workforce by 170 positions
* UPDATE: St. Joseph man charged with DUI in I-74 wreck
* Judge denies temporary restraining order to halt Cambria TIF district
* Five at 5: Illinois announces Butkus statue, Missouri games and 4 other stories you should see
* Charles Manson, whose cult slayings horrified world, dies
* At the holidays, HUD's confusing letter telling Cairo residents to move 'immediately' met with frustration
* Boil order issued in Murphysboro
* Union County discussions continue on early retirement incentive plan
* Smith: 'Can't complain about the effort'

* Hoffman Estates starts with victory over Hersey
* Ryan's 2 TD passes enough as Falcons hold off Seahawks 34-31
* Lane Tech leaps past Leyden in fourth quarter
* Report: Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct
* McDonald's plans to tear down Des Plaines replica restaurant

* 3 suburban GOP reps provide crucial votes ...
* Panel encourages women to consider careers...
* Congressman: Welcome change at top of cons...
* Geneva Chamber honors Gaines for 40 years ...
* DOJ to ban US lawmakers should Duterte ord...
* US lawmakers to Duterte: 'Sovereignty does...
* Local Congressmen React to the Passage of ...
* Hultgren whishes McHenry County College a ...
* Hultgren and Ruppersberger: Protect infras...
* This RSS feed URL is deprecated

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* This RSS feed URL is deprecated...

* Todd Stroger is back....
* Japanese American Service Committee Holds Holiday Delight Festival
* New Laurels To Rest On
* Kyle Kinane at Thalia Hall and more of the best things to do in Chicago this week
* Opioids In The Iditarod
* Lessons from a century of communism
* Di Leo: One Seat in a Hundred - the Alabama Special Election
* Trump's Secret Weapon Against A Free Press
* The Weekend In Chicago Rock
* Illinois House candidate calls for reforms: 'There's no more money; people are leaving'

* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

* iPhone X 2018 may go dual-SIM, HomePod Delays & more – Pocketnow Daily
* Google working on Swift, support branch found with mysterious Fuchsia OS
* Verizon Wear24 smartwatch resurrected on eBay for just $129.99
* Alcatel Idol 5S down to $200, A30 to $60 from Thanksgiving
* Android Messages updated with Google Wallet cash transfers
* Nokia 2 sales on from today at Amazon and they’re hot
* U.S. Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Block Merger Between AT&T and Time Warner

* White Sox add five to 40-man roster, remove two
* Sox add top prospect Jimenez to 40-man
* Thome joins Hall hopefuls in 1st time on ballot
* Podcast: The calm before the storm
* New Prolight 59Fifty Spring Training caps are in
* White Sox Arizona Fall League recap
* Hello spring: Schedules are out

Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller