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Xadrian McCraven

Xadrian McCraven

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Updated: February 8, 2014 6:18AM

We don’t know how this happens.

But it really should not.

As Sun-Times reporters Chris Fusco and Frank Main disclosed Monday, a man found unfit to work for the Illinois Department of Corrections on two separate occasions somehow subsequently landed a six-figure IDOC job last year.

Xadrian R. McCraven, 44, was rejected for an IDOC job in 2007 because a background check unearthed a problem. The problem wasn’t specified, but federal records show he was arrested at least 24 times in his youth for crimes ranging from arson to assault and that he admitted to being a member of a Humboldt Park-area street gang in the 1980s.

But in 2011 he got an IDOC job anyway through the kind administrative finesse only insiders know about: He was “detailed” to IDOC from the Department of Children and Family Services, where he was a shelter care coordinator.

Next, for unknown reasons, he was stripped of his gun and badge and sent back to DCFS. Then DCFS tried to fire him for writing “lewd and inappropriate” emails while at work. He sued, and in the end the state struck a deal with him: He could have a $111,432-a-year job as senior adviser to IDOC’s chief of parole. Now McCraven’s been fired again, this time for “inconsistencies in employment applications.”

Excuse us for suspecting this guy was clouted up the ladder all along — until, that is, the Sun-Times scared away his clout.

And isn’t that a grand way for our half-broke state government to be more efficient and transparent?

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