I live in an are that is really a mixture of rural and suburban areas. It’s technically a suburb of Chicago but for the most part people don’t consider themselves Chicagoans. They tend to be conservative Republicans and very opposed to the Democratic machine (and a Chicago Democrat means very liberal socially and fiscally).
However they have one thing in common with Chicago and that is the corruption. Situation #1: My dad is a hard worker in charge of the maintenance building and is in the park district book as maintenance supervisor. Everyone likes him for the most part and is always willing to help out with something. Recently a guy on the board decided he wants his one friend to take (let’s be honest, STEAL)my dad’s job and give it to a friend of his. He also wants his wife to take the job of my dad’s boss. My dad and his boss are very close and we call her his work wife. Her son works with my dad and they are very close, he comes over often and my dad is always talking to him. My dad has never liked a job like this one. Anyway the board member is now making up stories about my dad that are lies, like my dad is lazy and wastes money. He’s trying to trump up things so my dad will be fired. Same thing with my dad’s boss. My dad wonders how long he will even have a job. Meanwhile the liar board member has figured out a way for his friend to take over days from my dad and all he does is sit around and drink. A few people who worked under my dad have quit because they see what is going on.
Case #2: my parents best friend is the village clerk. Her job is elected from the voters, but assistant jobs are not. The assistant jobs were given to people with connections, including a village trustee’s daughter. All she does all day is sit on the internet and the phone. Meanwhile the village clerk has to do more and more and do the duties of this lazy assistant. Now she found out that a few people are pushing to have lazy assistant run against her in the next election. Likely the village clerk will win again (her family is well known here) but the idea they want this lazy one to be in charge astounds me.
Case #3: About a year ago the library was hiring an assistant. The library is one of my hangouts and I know the librarians. I asked the one about the job and she told me the job was given to the daughter of a library board member but they had to make it look legit. This clerk does nothing either and the one librarian (the one who told me about her)has reported her for doing nothing.
Many things spring to mind, first off these are the people getting jobs over us. Here we sit with ambition and so much to offer and they go for the lazy. Second, it doesn’t matter how we work we won’t get the job without knowing someone.