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Daley refuses to discuss new allegations

April 12, 2006 at 11:44 AM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, April 12 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor Richard Daley refused to discuss claims that aides covered up a political hiring system that allegedly chose clout over qualifications.

"I just cannot comment on that," The Chicago Tribune reported of Daley's comments Tuesday. "I wish I could."

Instead, Daley emphasized the positive aspects of his administration.

"The integrity of the city of Chicago is very solid," Daley told the Tribune. "This government is running smoothly."

While Daley and Chief of Staff Ron Huberman refused to discuss Monday's disclosures by federal prosecutors that Daley's patronage chief allegedly tried to cover up systematic political hiring, Huberman said prosecutors asked city officials not to do so.

Huberman also said there were preliminary plans to review the affected workers qualifications in light of the federal disclosures, the Tribune reported.

The new allegations stem from the government's case against ex-city officials Robert Sorich, Tim McCarthy, John Sullivan and Patrick Slattery, whose mail fraud trial is to begin May 10.

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