The failed anti-violence initiative is not the only Quinn Administration entity drawing fire. An ongoing investigation by the Better Government Association (BGA) has been examining patronage hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
The group revealed June 16, that the step-daughter of the agency’s director was among those given a job and promotion without going through the agency’s normal procedures. The step-daughter of Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider was hired as a staff assistant using the “Rutan-exempt” process, which allows politics and other subjective factors to be used as a basis for hiring.
The exemptions are supposed to be limited only to persons in sensitive policy-making positions, but the BGA has found that IDOT, under Quinn and his predecessor Rod Blagojevich, freely assigned terms such as “policy” and “spokesperson” to job descriptions allowing the posts to be filled without regard to qualifications.
“In short, the BGA found that IDOT appeared to violate state-government personnel procedures stemming from the Supreme Court’s Rutan ruling,” the organization said.