Shakman: Workers' comp jobs should be 'non-political' hires

Updated 2/24/2016 1:12 PM

Chicago's $100 million-a-year workers' compensation program is an "executive branch responsibility" with jobs that should be "filled under the city's nonpolitical hiring plan," attorney Michael Shakman said Wednesday.

Shakman filed the complaint that culminated in the federal ban on political hiring and signed off on a 2014 agreement that persuaded a federal judge to release Chicago from the 42-year-old Shakman decree that bears his name.

He painstakingly negotiated a hiring plan that made all Chicago city council employees exempt positions. On Wednesday, Shakman acknowledged that he made a "mistake" by exempting workers' comp employees in the City Council's Finance Committee chaired by Alderman Edward Burke.

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