Former gang member hired at Ill. DOC?

Xandrian McCraven, a former Chicago gang member with more than 24 arrests and falsified job qualifications spanning multiple state agencies, has been hired by the Illinois Department of Corrections


By Karen Chadra
Elmhurst Patch

CHICAGO, Ill. — How does a former street gang member with an extensive criminal record get placed into multiple high-paying government jobs that allow him access to sensitive information? 

That's what a group of Illinois Republican lawmakers want to find out. Whether by clout or incompetence, it can't happen again, they say.

State Reps. Dennis Reboletti (R-Elmhurst), John Anthony (R-Morris) and Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) are outraged that Xandrian McCraven, a former Chicago gang member with more than 24 arrests and falsified job qualifications spanning multiple state agencies, has been hired by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The legislators are looking into a possible investigation of the apparent "gross lapses in employment standards" within the Illinois Department of Corrections, according to a press statement from the legislators.  

“There’s been a clear breakdown in the system involving what at best could be described as incompetence and at worst as the clout-induced, high-cost shuffling of an unqualified, former gang member,” Reboletti said. 

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