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

2 hours ago in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: May 4

Fresh
A Grammy Award statuette is photographed, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008 in Chicago.

A look at the Hollywood headlines that made history.

14 hours ago in Music

Desert Trip is going to make October a memorable month

bobdylan

Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Neil Young and more are set to take California by storm this fall.

20 hours ago in Music

Paul McCartney meets ‘Blackbird’ inspirations

paulmccartney324810027294

Paul McCartney met two members of the "Little Rock Nine," who helped inspire the hit Beatles song.