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City workers disciplined for living outside Chicago

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December 26, 2012|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

At least 10 city or city sister agency employees who tried to dodge Chicago's residency rule have been fired, resigned or disciplined so far this year.

The city requires its workers to live in the city and they're subject to getting fired if they don't. Some sister agencies have a similar requirement.

The city's Inspector General's office has said it gets dozens of complaints a year about employees allegedly violating the residency ordinance.

The office issues quarterly reports on its investigations as does the Chicago Park District's counterpart. City Colleges of Chicago has a bi-annual report and Chicago Public Schools provides an annual report. More reports are forthcoming as the year ends in a few days.

Here's a rundown of those cases:

>> The city's Department of Public Health fired a certified medical assistant who lived in Sauk Village and lied about it.

>> A Streets and Sanitation laborer resigned after admitting to living in a northwest suburb for five years.

>> The Department of Water Management discharged an engineer for living in a neighboring suburb but the employee has appealed the disciplinary action.

>> A supervisor of the Commission on Animal Care and Control who lived in Addison resigned six days after being questioned about the residency requirement.

>> A Department of Finance payment services representative resigned under fire. The worker admitted to living in a neighboring suburb so his or her children would be able to attend suburban public schools.

>> A Park District employee, who was a union rep, resigned after being investigated for living in a nearby suburb. 

>> A City Colleges administrator was a week from retiring when it was discovered that she lived in Calumet City and falsified employment records. So the employee was deemed ineligible to be rehired.

>> A janitor supervisor at City Colleges was fired after he was found living in Oak Lawn and lied on employment documents that he lived within the city limits. Another City Colleges janitor, who lived in Romeoville, was terminated after giving false statements about her residency.

>> An investigation found a full-time City Colleges faculty member was living in Homewood and falsified employment records. Disciplinary action was pending when the bi-annual report was published in August.

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