Illinois struggling to fire high-paid corrections official with gang ties, criminal past

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Illinois officials still want to fire a man with a troubled work history, criminal convictions and a history of street gang affiliations from his $111,432-a-year job in the Illinois system.

But a state arbitrator has ruled Xadrian McCraven deserves his job back. Why he ruled that way remains a bit of a mystery.

Tom Shaer, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections, said the agency couldn't release its copy of the decision because the matter remains under appeal. And Anders Lindall, spokesman for the union representing McCraven did not return repeated phone calls seeking comment.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 represents McCraven.

Shaer said McCraven has a long and troubled history working for the state. In fact, he has been fired twice from state jobs.

Corrections officials fired McCraven in January 2014 after a newspaper reported he had been arrested many times. He'd previously been fired, in 2012, from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Published reports indicated he was fired in 2012 after it came to light that he had been sending hundreds of lewd and inappropriate emails.

McCraven appealed that firing, and Gov. Pat Quinn's administration decided to rehire him because of the cost of fighting the appeal, Shaer said.

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