Felon gets a plum job in Washington Park

June 5, 2014 

Most employers aren't interested in hiring someone with a felony on their record. But in Washington Park government, a felony conviction is apparently a resume enhancer.

Darron Suggs' conviction for defrauding the federal government forced him to resign his seat on the Village Board, but it didn't stop the mayor from hiring him as her assistant. It has only been a few weeks since he was sentenced to five years' probation.

Great, just the kind of experience we need in government -- experience at stealing from the taxpayers. Are there no law-abiding citizens in Washington Park who needed work?

Whoever said that crime doesn't pay surely has never visited the metro-east. This unfortunately is a pattern in Washington Park, East St. Louis and other poverty-stricken communities.

It's no wonder that so many of the kids in those communities are confused about what's right and what's wrong. They see people who break the law get rewarded with public jobs rather than face consequences from their actions.

The judge gave Suggs 26 years to pay back the $64,867 he stole. Now that he has a village job, think he will speed up that repayment plan? Maybe his check could be garnished to ensure payment.

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