Friday, April 06, 2007

Partisanship in our Mayor's race? Sure looks like Sheila has a patronage job thanks to Dad

Caleb Hale did a nice piece on "The Role of Partisanship" in the SI today. Made me wonder, does Sheila have a patronage job? The reason I ask is that anyone with any sense knows that kids of big shot politicians often do, it is in the grapevine that she does and Sheila's supporters have made such a big deal out of Brad's state jobs.

Let's review the history a little. Paul came back in SIU in 1997 to start his institute, good for all of us. In 1998, there was a legal clinic created in the SIU Law School with soft money that was a perfect fit for his daughter (Faculty on the left, Sheila, check the vita, the website is messed up and doesn't give you easy links to pages. Kills their search rankings and should be fixed.).

A little history about Illinois funding of soft money centers, they always start in Chicago. Once they have it in Chicago, sometimes they create something smaller in other regions of the state. Often, they throw a little money at Southern Illinois and that often lands at SIU in the form of one or two head count. A good example of this is Dunn-Richman and all of the soft money centers there.

When I started to look at Sheila's vita, I realized that she was hired to run the only (at least the only one I can find) Domestic Violence Clinic in the State. Since I know that Chicago always has something like this first, we know that it wasn't created by the State (unless it was a special "favor" for Paul). Someone put a bunch of soft money together, that opened a job at SIUC, that was perfect for Paul Simon's daughter. When Dad is a big shot, it is amazing how "magical" things might happen around him.

Following my trail of bread crumbs, Paul comes in 1997 and in 1998, his daughter is hired into a job that is perfect for her recent resume. It follows that it is most likely funded either by his institute, under the sheets, by FOP (friends of Paul) or as part of his signing package directly out of the law school. That sounds exactly like the way that SIU works when they hire Deans and other high level people. I'm sure if this happened, that was a good deal for SIU in total. It wouldn't surprise me if there is a really good funding source that looks clean and will last as long as Paul's friends are in office, but does that make it right or fair?

It has been interesting watching people poke at Brad because of his State jobs, but at least he got them through hard work and they look pretty clean. What we do know is that Brad excelled in his state jobs, just as he has as Mayor of Carbondale. The guy works hard.

I think a whole lot less of people who get jobs, not because they are qualified and hard working (maybe in the right party), but because they are someone's relative. Reminds me of the JAL Board member who thought if they excluded his children from the job pool, there would be no one qualified to hire. I certainly have no problem with people spending their own money hiring their children, just not tax payer money.

I'm not saying that Sheila isn't good at work. It sure looks like Sheila might have received her foot in the door at SIU, because of her father. We all knew that was a fair chance already, in our heart of hearts, but it sure looks a lot worse when you type it out in your blog. The details of Paul coming and the next year (first hiring cycle with a new budget) the perfect job appearing for his daughter, sure looks fishy.

Your comments are welcome.


Anonymous said...

You are on the right track.
Speaking of JALC, guess whose husband was fitted nicely into a job at that fine institution?

gadfly said...

Lest we forget,,0,6829203.story

Anonymous said...

Are you trying to suggest that Brad isn't getting help from the Republican party?

Peter in Carbondale said...

I'm not suggesting anything of the sort, Brad is being well and legally helped by the Republicans. I am suggesting that Sheila has been given help, not because of what she did, but because she won the genetic lottery. Take the silver spoon out of her mouth and things don't look so good.

Is it legal to have Daddy give you a state job? I don't know. I don't know if he did give her a job, but it sure looks that way to me.

I think this should just about bring to an end any reasonable talk of Brad's special advantages, Sheila has been given as much or more. Both the job that appears to have been created especially for her at SIU and continued help and PR events from her father's buddies in Washington.

For example, how much does it cost to get Dick Durban to perform at my kid's birthday party? Is the cost of getting a US senator to shill for you $10k, $25k, $50k? If the Republicans give Brad $25k in cash, is that even then? Or is Brad still behind?

How about Durban pushing a Paul Simon traveling student scholarship right now? Isn't that just to get Paul's name back in the paper and influence this election? How much does that cost?

In summary, I find that both Brad and Sheila are accepting and giving gifts from their party. Brad tells the truth about it, Sheila hides it and calls herself ethical. What BS.

The secret is out now, still like that ethics platform?

dave said...

gadfly, my friend, why don't you shed your misleading "gadfly" moniker and go with "Simonite_451" because you have never had anything positive to say about Cole -- and now trot out this old article about Ryan that in no way impinges on Cole's ethics. Your point is? Oh yeah, you hate Cole; I forgot.

Anonymous said...

I read SS's vita. I do not see problems with hiring her in 1998 as "Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Clinic, SIU School of Law".

But there is nothing in her vita that justifiers the relabeling of her position in 2000 as "Assistant Clinical Professor, Lawyering Skills". She is now a Associate Clinical Professor". Clinical means she is not on a tenure track. Her focus is on service, but one expects peer reviewed publications based on service issues. I saw no hint of scholarly work of any kind. She lists op-ed pieces and articles in newsletters as publications! It really is outragous. Some of us worked very hard to earn the title of professor.

Here is her vita:

Here is one of her weightier pieces:

I am not saying she was promoted because of her fahter or that this should be a factor in whether or not she'd make a good major. But, shame on SIUC to demeaning the professorate.

-Pissed off Prof