10/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Cook County Conflict Of Interest?

Can the attorney who defended Cook County against allegations of illegal political hiring be an independent inspector general?

That depends on how you define independent.

The way attorney Michael Shakman sees it, picking Assistant State's Attorney Patrick Blanchard to be the watchdog over county political hiring and other illegal activity "makes a joke out of the concept of independent oversight."

County commissioners didn't agree. They approved Blanchard's appointment on Tuesday in a 10-3 vote.

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