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Judge could rule on oversight on Chicago hiring

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CHICAGO (AP) — Rahm Emanuel's office says the Chicago mayor plans to attend a court hearing that could mean the end of federal oversight of the city's hiring practices.

Emanuel's office says he will attend the Monday morning hearing in Chicago federal court and will hold a news conference afterward.

A lawyer who has crusaded against patronage in Illinois argued last month that the city largely complies with bans on giving out jobs based on political connections. Attorney Michael Shakman asked a judge to order an end to federal oversight. The judge could do that during Monday's hearing.

Shakman says the nation's third-largest city now has effective mechanisms to end the practice that once was widely accepted in Chicago.

Shakman filed the original litigation 45 years ago.

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