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Cook County to pay another $180,000 in patronage claims but officials continue to deny liability

Thursday, April 02, 2009
Chicago Tribune
by Tribune staff report

Taxpayers are now on the hook for $280,000 to settle patronage claims against Cook County Recorder of Deeds Eugene Moore and attorneys say the tab will increase.

The County Board on Wednesday agreed to pay $180,000 to three former recorder employees who said they were improperly laid off so less-experienced workers with political connections could keep their jobs.

A county attorney said the county didn't admit liability in any of the cases, and Moore said politics played no role in the layoffs he implemented in 2007.

Two weeks ago, the county paid $100,000 to settle a similar case with Jan Sudak, Moore's former operations director.

Under the latest settlements, former microfilm division manager Fred Williams gets $90,000, former business manager Alfred Hale $50,000 and former map and subdivision examiner Dolores Sartorio $40,000.


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