Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015
Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Trending on the Journal

Related Headlines

Quinn gave $10 million to film studio to buy land that's not for sale

Court monitor wants to sign off on IDOT political appointments

Gov. Quinn says post-Blagojevich stability his greatest accomplishment

Quinn taps long-time crony for comptroller

Gov. Quinn calls special session for comptroller election

Recent Comments

UJacks1 - Unemployment down in Quincy, Adams Co - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I wish (yeah if wishes were ponies, I'd have lots of fertilizer), when a reporter announces these so-called improvements, he/she would also announce the number of Illinois deserters - how many employed or not have moved out of the state of IL. The number of individuals who have simply given up on filing for unemployment. The increase of the number of individuals who are now on Medicaid. Maybe…
pjohnf - Obama’s Coming Break with Israel - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Ditto, I can't argue with anything you said. The frustrating part is the head in the sand thinking of many American's who choose to ignore or admit that Obama and the current crop of democrats and their policies are destroying America. It's a tough fight when Obama and democrats just outright lie and the media never calls them out on their lies. And to top that off we have a timid cowardly…
jnalse87 - Child shot and killed in Quincy - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
you are exactly 100% right Bob6140
CoolEdge - Obama’s Coming Break with Israel - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
"Obama is naïve to think that these three groups will get along and co-exist peacefully. " Well, it is naive to believe Obama wasn't straight faced lying to America about whether he ever heard his mentor Rev. Wright express "God Damn America" rhetoric, or whether he would really never raise taxes on those making under $200K, or whether he would cut Bush's "unpatriotic and irresponsible"…
Sv3 - New jail or no new jail? - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I absolutely commend you on your willingness to research and draw an educated opinion. I however would strenuously point out that past performance absolutely dictates future performance.

Most Popular

12 yr old boy shot and killed Sat morning Updated

Reward now offered for info on shooting of Quincy 12 yr old

Wagner and Griggs capture state title

Schock says he leaves Congress with sadness, humility

New jail or no new jail?

Happy Easter from Quincy Mall

Fishing For Freedom Registration Now Open

Mid-America Military Salute to Host 'Human Foosball' Fundraiser

Ex-IDOT boss blames gov's office for majority of improper hires

7 months, 1 week ago From suntimes.com

From From suntimes.com:

In a blow to Gov. Pat Quinn, his former transportation secretary has accused his office of pushing “the vast majority” of improper political hires in her agency even though an ethics report released Friday shied away from blaming the governor’s office.

A report by state Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza alleged that “countless” legitimate job applicants for state jobs were sidestepped by hundreds of political appointees installed in state transportation jobs for which politics weren’t supposed to play a role.

Meza’s report centered on four former Illinois Department of Transportation employees, including two ex heads of the sprawling state bureaucracy for presiding over the allegedly improper hiring scheme but largely was silent on the governor’s office playing a direct role. 

But former Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said in a rebuttal to Meza’s report that it was the governor’s office and not her personally responsible for filling non-political positions with political hires.

“It is my recollection that [the] vast majority of Rutan-exempt hires were chosen from those recommended to me or my staff by the governor’s office,” Schneider said, referring to the landmark Rutan U.S. Supreme Court opinion that placed limits on political hiring in government jobs.

“The governor’s office would have been provided resumes of all such candidates and would have requested that we complete the process of having the recommended person approved for the open position,” she said.

Schneider went on to say that she felt unable to turn away any recommended hires pushed by Quinn’s office.

“Neither I nor my staff were in a position to reject the recommended individuals for these exempt positions as no additional interview process was required,” she said.

Click Here to Read Full Article


From the Newsroom

QuincyJournal on Twitter

QuincyJournal 37 minutes ago

Nixon pulls St. Louis County out of new football stadium financing http://t.co/0CqVeF3ffx
QuincyJournal on Twitter

QuincyJournal 37 minutes ago

Illinois Farmers to Plant Slightly Less Corn, More Beans http://t.co/3UAKgAfW3i
QuincyJournal on Twitter

QuincyJournal 1 hour, 33 minutes ago

Podcast: Iran Negotiations Right On Track....For Iran and Obama http://t.co/ZHyX6f5Ykk
QuincyJournal on Twitter

QuincyJournal 1 hour, 33 minutes ago

USDA extends ARC/PLC signup another week http://t.co/CXX6QrD1dK