The Quinn Administration continues to draw heat for its hiring practices. An Associated Press story released August 6 revealed that while the Governor claims his office corrected problems with political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Administration is refusing to release information on what the fix actually was.
The Associated Press requested information on what actions the agency took to curb political hiring, but was denied access to records. The Quinn Administration argued that the actions they took are preliminary and therefore not subject to a Freedom of Information Request.
According to the Associated Press, the Freedom of Information denial “contradicts the administration’s assertion that it fixed the problems in the spring. The administration is also refusing to disclose the guidelines the government has used for two decades to decide which jobs must be open to any applicant and which can be given to someone because of his or her political connections.”