The Tribune fills us in.
FBI investigators executed a search warrant around 9 a.m. today at the offices of the Cook County Bureau of Human Resources, an FBI spokeswoman said.
The search at the building at 118 N. Clark St. is part of an ongoing federal investigation, agency spokeswoman Cynthia Yates said.
*** UPDATE *** The Sun-Times has more.
FBI agents descended on Cook County government offices this morning, serving subpoenas in an investigation that apparently centers on county hiring practice […]
While the seizure of documents proceeded downtown, federal agents also served subponeas at other county offices â€” including Provident Hospital, Cermak Hospital and Cook County Jail. […]
The document seizure comes one month after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that county officials said they routinely were told to hire politically connected candidates for county jobs over candidates who scored higher on civil service exams. A Cook County Highway Department supervisor, Eric Petraitis, said he felt coerced to change test scores to hire candidates connected to former Cook County Board President John Stroger. Following that report, County Board President Bobbie Steele ordered the suspension, with pay, of Strogerâ€™s patronage chief, Gerald Nichols, and four lower-level employees responsible for administering employment tests.