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City Hall list reveals 'All-Stars' of insider clout

Steve Warmbir, Art Golab, Natasha Korecki and Mark J. Konkol of the Chicago Sun-Times did a computer-assisted analysis of 5,743 requests for city jobs, promotions or transfers made to the mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs from 1989 to 1997 and found that "Tim Degnan, the mayor's friend and political adviser, is the biggest slugger, batting .825. More than eight out of every 10 times he made a request, Degnan got his person that city job, promotion or transfer." The reporters looked at the success rate of the top 15 people and groups submitting requests after the secret list became public in the federal prosecution of city officials accused of illegal hiring practices.

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