Great moments in public employee tenure

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, an Illinois prison official “with a lengthy criminal history” has returned to the state payroll despite a record of “lewd and inappropriate emails” on the taxpayers’ dime and falsifying an earlier job application [Chicago Sun-Times]:

…Still, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration struck a settlement with McCraven and his union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees….

In June, [after withdrawing a lawsuit] he then dropped a union grievance and accepted a 10-day suspension, got six months of back pay and was transferred to the job he now holds as senior adviser to the chief of parole with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Asked to explain why McCraven was allowed to stay on the state payroll, the Quinn administration cited the potential financial costs of losing a grievance case. …

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that McCraven is working for the state prison system despite being arrested “at least” 24 times on charges including arson, illegal gun possession, attempted robbery, drug possession and aggravated assault.


  • Philadelphia mandates that ex-cons be referred to as “returning citizens”.

    This is the logical extension of that “mindset”.

  • I am so glad I live in a right to work state where politicians are not the slaves of public employee unions as in Illinois. This outrage would never happen in Texas.

  • Hey TexJudge, surely you’re aware, being a judge, that Texas correctional officers and other TDCJ employees are indeed unionized. And boy are they powerful – not many other public employees got a 5% raise in the last session, for example.

    But you knew that. Since you’re in Texas. And a judge.