Up until recently, the only Chicago city
employee who was an ex-felon was John “Quarters” Boyle, who got a job as a
high-level engineer just a few years after embezzling $4 million from the
But under a new policy directed by Mayor
Richard M. Daley, ex-cons – once banned from city work, with the exception of
Boyle, who had high-level connections in the Chicago city government – will be
examined on a case-by-case basis when applying for a job with the city,
according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Daley said the decision to possibly employ
former convicts is the result of a study into rehabilitated criminals, which
was conducted by a city-funded study.
“The city will balance the nature and
severity of the crime with other factors, such as the passage of time and
evidence of rehab … it means that former prisoners will have a chance to make
their case and, maybe, land a city job,” Daley said in a press conference.
The new policy certainly isn’t based on the
track record of the Boyle, the lone ex-con in the city’s government. In August
2004, he was sentenced to serve more than seven years in prison for his
involvement in the city’s scandal-ridden Hired Truck scandal, where he took
more than $200,000 in bribes from trucking companies in exchange for lucrative