Preckwinkle Defends Handling Of Aide's Firing

Craig Dellimore
November 15, 2018 - 7:42 pm

Toni Preckwinkle (WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is defending how long it took her to fire her chief of staff, in the fall, when she’ had first heard about harassment problems back in March.

Preckwinkle said Thursday she fired top aide John Keller in September when sexual harassment allegations about him were brought to her attention, corroborated, and not denied.

But the Chicago Tribune said she heard a complaint about Keller in the last spring.

Preckwinkle said she heard a rumor in March but Keller denied it and no victim or witness corroborated it, she said. In September, more information became available and Keller did not deny the allegation, she said, so she fired him.

Preckwinkle said she must fire someone on facts, not rumors. She said she has no tolerance for the kind of behavior of which Keller was accused.