Robert Wharton, leader of one of the state's largest nonprofits, has been ousted from the community assistance organization he steered for more than a decade, the agency's board said Thursday.
The move follows a Tribune report earlier this week about how Wharton, as chief executive officer of the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, had fallen behind in payments a Cook County judge ordered him to make to his former secretary.
The Cook County public guardian had alleged that Wharton financially exploited onetime employee Dorothy Hork, who is 91 and has dementia, by coaxing her over several years to write him checks for tens of thousands of dollars.
"(The board) decided to seek quick and decisive action and Bob has been relieved of all of his duties," said CEDA spokesman Abe Thompson. "He is no longer with the organization."
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Cook County Nonprofit Ousts Besieged Leader
Robert Warton, CEO of Community and Economic Development of Cook County, IL (CEDA) Defaults