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AP: IDOT Hires Had Political Clout

AP: IDOT Hires Had Political Clout

Photo: Associated Press/Seth Perlman

Dozens of state jobs involved in a dispute over whether they should be free of politics were filled by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration with candidates who were politically connected or gave campaign money to the governor’s party.

Among those Illinois Department of Transportation hires were Democratic county committeemen and their relatives, campaign workers and a former Chicago alderman.

They were hired in a process closed to the public, and without regard to a U.S. Supreme Court decision on such hiring rules. IDOT officials say they were allowed to make the hires under an exemption from state rules.

But an administration audit later found 48 of 60 hires shouldn’t have been political.

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