News

Quinn Orders Halt to IDOT Political Hiring

Quinn Orders Halt to IDOT Political Hiring

Photo: Associated Press/Seth Perlman

Gov. Pat Quinn has ordered a moratorium on political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation and is requiring executive-level staff in every state agency to undergo training about proper hiring practices.

His actions come amid questions about whether state jobs were improperly filled based on clout rather than qualifications. According to memos, Quinn also is ordering an outside audit of all IDOT political hires to determine if the positions were properly filled.

IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider resigned earlier this week. Her departure followed a news report that Schneider’s stepdaughter might have been among those whose hiring sidestepped the rules.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Millionaires’ Tax Falls Short

Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, talks from the speakers podium in the House chambers Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Springfield Ill. The Illinois Legislature resumes work toward its end of May deadline.

3 Democrats join Republicans against

in Local

Butler: Campaign Donation Doesn’t Impact Relationship with Governor

Rep Tim Butler

State Representative Tim Butler got some political campaign cash from Governor Bruce Rauner.

in Local

Senate Approves Medical Marijuana Program Extension, Heads to Governor

medical marijuana

Dispensaries could begin selling the product later this year. The legislation extends the program to four years after that date.

in Local

Senate Passes Pot Decriminalization, Measure Heads to Governor

marijuana

The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that would treat possession of small amounts of marijuana like a speeding ticket rather than a crime

in Local

Illinois Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 6%

illinois job link

Illinois' unemployment rate held steady over the last month.