The county previously settled four similar federal suits for $280,000.
now are on the hook for $470,000 to settle lawsuits brought by laid-off
workers who alleged that Cook County Recorder of Deeds Eugene Moore
dumped them to protect others with clout.
The County Board on Wednesday approved another $190,000 in payments to former employees who made the allegations against Moore.
of the patronage suits was brought by Carmen Fludas, a 39-year office
veteran laid off from a job as a troubleshooter and interpreter in
March 2007. Fludas, who had won several employee commendations, will be
paid $90,000 under her settlement. James D'Antonio, a 10-year employee
who rose to assistant supervisor, will get $100,000.
alleged they were laid off so Moore and two others in his office could
keep on the job politically connected employees who had less experience
and fewer duties. Moore repeatedly has denied the patronage
allegations. The firings took place after Moore's budget was cut.