Deal Bans Political Hiring In Sheriff's Department

10/13/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart on Thursday agreed to settle a federal lawsuit that seeks to eliminate political hiring in his office.

The proposed deal calls for appointing a federal hiring watchdog to keep tabs on the Sheriff's Department and could pay workers who claim to have been passed over for promotions or new jobs for political reasons. Cook County taxpayers would pick up the tab for those settlements.

Dart said he sought out a settlement to save money on legal fees and put questions about patronage hiring behind him.

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