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Chicago Released from Shakman Decree


After more than 40 years, the city of Chicago will no longer have a federal overseer peering over its shoulder. That's what a federal judge ruled today saying the city's notorious system for hiring and promoting based on political favoritism is now, largely, a thing of the past. The ruling ends the consent decree launched by attorney Michael Shakman and Mayor Emanuel is calling it a landmark day for Chicago. But is patronage hiring really dead? Paris Schutz has the latest.


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View a timeline about the history of Shakman, starting with the 1969 lawsuit filed by Michael Shakman and culminating with the removal of the federal court monitor. 

 

 

--Timeline by Kristen Thometz