SunTimes: With spring, patronage blooms in recorder’s office

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By Dan Mihalopoulos, Chicago SunTimes

Many times, patronage has been declared eradicated from these parts, only to sprout up again and again, proving as difficult to get rid of as crabgrass or dandelions.

At City Hall, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration finally was freed from the oversight of a hiring monitor in 2014. It ended seven years of court oversight that began after federal agents raided then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s office and arrested his patronage chief.

But clout hiring allegedly remains in full bloom in at least one local government agency: the office of Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough….

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