County Board President Todd Stroger allegedly fired three Forest Preserve District employees because they didn't support his re-election campaign or had ties to his political rivals, according to the Chicago Sun-Times and the Better Government Association.
Sources close to Stroger say he fired Joe Bishop -- an active member in Democratic Chairman Mike Madigan's 13th Ward Organization -- from his $99,686-a-year post as administrative assistant to the district's superintendent. Madigan has not endorsed Stroger in his campaign.
Allan Mellis, who was making $100,000 a year as director of planning and development, was fired Tuesday, the Sun-Times reported.
And grant writer Doug Chien, who was has hired in December, was also let go this week. Chien's firing comes shortly after his former employer, the Sierra Club, announced it was endorsing Stroger's opponent, 4th Ward Ald. Toni Preckwinkle.
A Stroger spokeswoman said the changes were "allowable and permitted by law."