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Ethics board probing highway OT policies

Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
by Mark J. Konkol

The Cook County ethics board is investigating the Highway Department's time-keeping and overtime policies in response to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times last month.

The Sun-Times revealed that maintenance supervisors called in sick, took vacation or put in for paid time off on the same days they earned overtime compensation.

Ethics board chief investigator April Williams declined to comment on the probe, which sources say includes a review of all Highway Department time sheets and overtime reports dating to 2006.

"Since the story came out in the Sun-Times there has been a focus on the Highway Department," county spokesman Eugene Mullins said. "They are reviewing the overtime policy, all time-keeping policies. Focusing on how they allocate time, how they allocate money and whether they use employees well."

County Inspector General Patrick Blanchard also is conducting an investigation, sources said.



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