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Quinn Investigation Over I-DOT Hiring

Updated: Thursday, May 15 2014, 10:57 AM CDT

ILLINOIS -- A review of state documents by the Associated Press shows that the Quinn administration filled dozens of jobs at the Illinois Department of Transportation with people who have political connections when it shouldn't have.

The review shows they were hired in a process closed to the public.

And without regard to US Supreme Court ruling that lays out strict rules against improperly giving taxpayer-funded jobs to people based on political connections.

Quinn's office said it has zero tolerance for wrongdoing.

The findings come on the heels of Quinn defending himself in another investigation regarding mismanagement of an anti-violence program.

"With Pat Quinn, it's always 'I'm populous, I'm good government, I'm an honest guy.' I think people by and large believe that about him. Now we're getting these multiple messages that may question that particular brand for him."

I-DOT officials say the agency allowed to make the hires under an exemption from state rules that's reserved for policy makers or other members of a Governor's inner circle. But an administration audit found 48 of 60 hires should have been political.

Quinn Investigation Over I-DOT Hiring


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