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October 22, 2014, 4:38 am
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Inspector General Rips Hiring Abuses At IDOT; Former Agency Head Blames Governor's Staff

The state executive inspector general says hiring abuses which began at the state Department of Transportation under former Governor Rod Blagojevich continued under Governor Pat Quinn. 


The report says as many as 250 people were improperly hired for political reasons, rather than merit, over the past decade.  Quinn’s office announced Thursday that it would lay off 58 IDOT workers whose hiring had been called into question.


Meanwhile, Quinn’s former transportation secretary says most of the people who were improperly hired by her agency were sent from the governor’s office… and says she and her staff had little opportunity to reject them. 


Ann Schneider tells the Chicago Sun-Times that resumes of political hires came to her staff from Quinn’s staff.  Schneider resigned this summer as the controversy over IDOT hiring intensified.


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