Court: Chicago must hire 111 black firefighters

CHICAGO — A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the Chicago Fire Department must hire 111 African-Americans who passed a firefighters entrance exam 16 years ago and pay millions of dollars to thousands more who took and passed the same test.

The Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling was the latest blow to the city, which has been on the losing end of court decisions regarding the 1995 test for years, including a 2005 ruling by a federal judge who said the test discriminated against black applicants and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that the candidates did not wait too long to sue the city.

An attorney for the black firefighter candidates said that the 111 jobs would be filled from the applicants who passed the 1995 test and their pensions would be adjusted as if they’d been firefighters since 1995. And, said Joshua Karsh, 6,000 others who also passed the test will divide “tens of millions of dollars” that would have been paid 111 firefighters from 1995 until today. LINK

The courts have interfered so much in the hiring process that no sane, rational person can honestly say what is or what isn’t discriminatory until the court tells them after the fact. It is absurd as is this most recent court ruling. Chicago is hardly in a position to pay this kind of settlement. These applicants can hardly read or write yet they are now going to be compensated as if they had spent twenty years putting their lives on the line in the service of their city. I wonder how many of them will just retire a week after they are hired? This is absurd and a further illustration of why our country is in such desperate straits.

Today in America excellence is dead. It does not matter if you can perform your job or execute your duty. It doesn’t matter if you serve the tax payer to the best of your ability. What matters most is that the agency or department or company “looks” right as in “reflects the diversity of the community”. We have plenty of incompetents running around playing fireman these days. It’s heartbreaking.



  1. Ingineer66 says:

    Unbelievable. Not sure what else to say.

  2. Cs says:

    Maybe I don’t know the story but why didn’t they get hired if they passed before.

  3. Bob G. says:

    Then let’s do THIS:
    Allow ALL those BLACK firefighters to ONLY respond to fires in ALL-BLACK AREAS of Chi-Town…
    (see how THAT works out for ’em)
    See if fires are answered BETTER, FASTER and with LESS loss of life…

    Affirmative action…at it’s worst …again.
    I’d just want the BEST candidates for the job…PERIOD.
    (color and quotas be damned)

    Roll safe out there.

    • Dustoff says:

      You said it Bob.
      One of my fire/medics was female. Now nothing against that, but come on 5’2 and maybe 115 pounds wet. You know who carried the supply line up the stairs, who went on the roof or who had to carry the 200 person.
      Wasn’t her. )-:

      Capt is right “Excellence” is gone.

  4. Vinny says:

    Did it ever occur to the courts that maybe they didn’t get hired because they didn’t score high enough? Hell, in school, I had an 80% at least in all my classes, which is most definitely passing, but I didn’t score high enough to be eligible for a field trip to the Holocaust Museum….
    Yea, my dreams of being a big city firefighter are looking pretty dim right now, if these are the court rulings that are coming out.

  5. vicky says:

    well i am a african american female who passed the 1995 exam and to top it off i was in the well qualified i scored a 92.. but i was never hired or called. i didnt dwell on it i just went and got a job with the boys and girls in blue..(cpd)

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