Republican Lawmaker Calls for IDOT Federal Hiring Monitor

Republican Lawmaker Calls for IDOT Federal Hiring Monitor

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A Republican lawmaker says the state needs federal help to end patronage hiring.

State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles) says the governor’s response to patronage problems at the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn’t go far enough.

Gov. Pat Quinn has placed a moratorium on political hiring, but McConnaughay says what the state needs is a federal hiring monitor.

“What a federal monitor does is examine the hiring policies and assist that agency with creating better policies to ensure that…the people that are being hired are appropriate for those jobs,” McConnaughay said.

When asked for specific examples of IDOT employees that were improperly hired for political reasons, McConnnaughay says that kind of information would have to be provided by the governor’s office.

McConnaughay is the minority spokesman for the Senate Transportation Committee, and was speaking on the issue on behalf of Republican nominee for governor Bruce Rauner.

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