A recent investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times shows that
an administrator with the Illinois Department of Corrections has a
criminal past that involves some two dozen arrests on charges such as
arson and possession of illegal guns and drugs, among others.
resident Xadrian R. McCraven, 44, held other public and private sector
jobs before coming on board with the corrections department as a senior
policy adviser to the agency’s chief of parole on July 1. He currently
earns an annual salary of $110,000, according to the newspaper.
Back in 1989, McCraven pleaded guilty to a weapons charge, according to documents analyzed by the newspaper. Later in 1998, McCraven was also
found guilty of reckless conduct involving a domestic-battery charge
after he allegedly assaulted his fiance. At that time, McCraven worked
for the Chicago Housing Authority Police Department, which fired him in
1999 for “violating department general orders forbidding unjustified physical attacks on or off duty,” the newspaper reported.
McCraven later did various jobs with the Illinois Department of Children and
Family Services (DCFS) between 2000 and 2003 and from 2007 to 2012. The agency fired him in March 2012 over allegations of unspecified “misconduct,” the newspaper found.
DCFS and McCraven reached a settlement this year, however, that
reversed his firing. As part of the settlement, McCraven agreed to a
10-day suspension, was provided with six months of back pay and the agency asked that he leave the agency to work as
an state prison administrator. McCraven had a wrongful termination
lawsuit against DCFS that he cancelled after his firing was rescinded.
Meanwhile, the newspaper found that McCraven shelled out campaign contributions amounting to $1,000 over the last three years to State Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago), State Sen. William Delgado (D-Chicago),
Cook County Commissioner Edwin Reyes (D-Chicago) and U.S. Rep. Danny
Back in 2003, McCraven also showed up in a database kept by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration at the time that included names of job candidates with political connections.
“Mr. McCraven’s hiring was carefully considered, as are all IDOC hires,” Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer told the Sun-Times. “He has performed his job here well.”