News

Republican Lawmaker Calls for IDOT Federal Hiring Monitor

Republican Lawmaker Calls for IDOT Federal Hiring Monitor

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

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.

Recent Headlines

in Local

New Illinois Schools Chief Says Funding Fix Could Take Years

Fresh
Tony Smith

Smith also says charter schools should be part of the mix.

in Local

Debate in General Assembly over Civics Class Requirement

Fresh
Illinois General Assembly

Bill also passed to use e-learning in Illinois schools during inclement weather.

in Local

Autism Programs Hopeful Lawmakers Will Come to Their Rescue

Fresh
autism

Providers say some programs may not survive if funding is not restored.

in Local

DeWitt Co. Settlement OK’d in Dispute to Put Toxic Waste Over Aquifer

water

DeWitt county has approved a settlement with a landfill company.

in Local

Kankakee Co. Sheriff Describes Security Lapses that led to Inmate Escape

inmate_exiting_kamron_taylor

Sheriff Tim Bukowski says investigators found no inmate count had been done.