State Republicans speak out after former gang member was found working for the state

By WEEK Reporter

January 10, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 11:42 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- Some Illinois Republicans said they don't want to see any more ex-gang members working for the state.

That following a Chicago Sun-Times investigation which revealed that former gang member Xadrian McCraven was working for the the state prison system last year, after previously working for DCFS until being fired for allegedly sending lewd emails and lying on his job application.

At the Department of Corrections, McCraven was making $111,000 a year in the parole department.

After the Sun-Times article came out, he was fired by the state.

"Somebody like Mr. McCraven could never get hired in DuPage County for anything, I can guarantee that. So, the fact that the state picked him up is amazing to me. There's a lot of unanswered questions about hiring practices and we do need a full investigation ," said State Representative Jeanne Ives, (R) Wheaton.

Ives and other Republicans are calling for committee hearings next week to determine if McCraven's political contributions got him a job with the state.

The Governor's office said McCraven was hired under the Blagojevich administration.