Ex-convict removed as university garage foreman

May 9, 2007
University of Illinois Chicago allowed garage foreman to stay on job for years despite criminal past.

With campus security in the spotlight after the tragedy at Virginia Tech, the chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) last month reminded students and staff that "we all need to look out for each other." But since 1999, some university administrators have been looking the other way while employing a man who was convicted of attempted murder and is now on probation because police found more than a dozen guns -- two of them loaded -- in his basement. Thomas J. Morano, 52, lied about his 1977 conviction when UIC hired him to work in the campus garage in 1996. The university promoted him in 2005 to garage foreman, with a salary of $62,000 a year. In 2006, he was convicted on weapons possession charges. He remained on the job even after UIC learned of the gun conviction, until last week.

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