Wednesday, October 22, 2014

QuinnFail: Judge orders federal monitor to oversee IDOT hiring

Northfield IDOT facility
Chicago Democrat Pat Quinn suffered a big defeat today--and it involves his patronage cesspool at IDOT.

From the Belleville News-Democrat:
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to review hiring problems at Gov. Pat Quinn's Department of Transportation, a setback for the Democrat running for re-election largely on how he navigated Illinois away from ethical problems.

Quinn's opponent in the election, Republican Bruce Rauner, said during a campaign stop Wednesday in O'Fallon that the ruling is a major development that could swing the gubernatorial race. Rauner said if he's elected, he'll work with the court-appointed monitor to root out patronage at IDOT.

"I knew there was a lot of baloney going on in there," Rauner told a group of about 50 supporters at an O'Fallon conference center.

The ruling -- less than two weeks before the election -- followed a motion filed in April by anti-patronage campaigner Michael Shakman, who alleged that a long span of improper hiring based on clout and connections necessitated an outside monitor and further investigation at IDOT. Quinn administration attorneys had argued that neither was necessary because a state inspector general had investigated and the issues already were being addressed.
Long-suffering Illinoisans deserve a better governor: Republican Bruce Rauner.

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