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posted: 7/17/2017 2:43 PM

Ferguson releases email scandal details: gun sales, racist messages

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The son of a former Chicago alderman used his city email account to buy or sell firearms and cars and send hate-filled emails describing African-Americans as "wild animals."

Inspector General Joe Ferguson uncovered the racist, sexist and homophobic emails circulating in the Department of Water Management while investigating allegations that now former District Superintendent Paul Hansen had used his city email account to sell guns, as the Chicago Sun-Times was first to report.

Hansen is the son of former longtime Alderman Bernard Hansen, who presided over Wrigleyville during the Cubs' marathon battle for lights at Wrigley Field. The son's checkered past with the Department of Water Management includes allegations that his political clout helped him get his job back after a DUI conviction.

On Monday, Ferguson issued a quarterly report that includes even more explosive details about the email scandal that triggered a housecleaning in the water department.

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