A judge declares the city of Chicago free of a 45-year lawsuit regarding political hiring. But is patronage really dead? Paris Schutz has the latest. 

The original January 2002 airing of Attorney Michael Shakman on Chicago Tonight.

The Man Behind the 'Shakman Decree' Visits

The legal battle that started in 1969 over Chicago patronage hiring is ending. Attorney Michael Shakman filed a motion to stop the federal hiring oversight because he says the city has reached "substantial compliance." We’ll talk to the man behind the “Shakman Decree," hear why he thinks the city no longer needs a hiring watchdog.