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LaHood Opinion: Quinn’s unethical hiring practices lead to appointment of federal monitor to oversee hiring at IDOT

PRINGFIELD – As children head back to school, the summer fair season is wrapping up, but is always ends with our state’s two largest celebrations of agriculture -- the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and its southern Illinois cousin – the DuQuoin State Fair. Agriculture is the basis of the Illinois economy and it looks like Illinois farmers have the potential to have another good year. Our Illinois agricultural industry is on track for back-to-back quality years after dealing with historic drought in 2012. The easiest way to tell whether or not producers have had a good year, is if tax revenues are up. One-quarter of Illinois’ economy is based in the agriculture sector and it should be a top priority of the legislature to enact policies that allow the sector to grow. Illinois is the third largest producers of commodities in the United States and we continue to expand our agricultural reach throughout the world. - See more at: http://www.senatorlahood.com/Media/News/NewsDetails/TabId/795/p/16719/v/2000/-LaHood-Opinion-New-911-Dialing-Law-Further-Protects-Safety-of-Illinoisans.aspx
SPRINGFIELD – As children head back to school, the summer fair season is wrapping up, but is always ends with our state’s two largest celebrations of agriculture -- the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and its southern Illinois cousin – the DuQuoin State Fair. Agriculture is the basis of the Illinois economy and it looks like Illinois farmers have the potential to have another good year. Our Illinois agricultural industry is on track for back-to-back quality years after dealing with historic drought in 2012. The easiest way to tell whether or not producers have had a good year, is if tax revenues are up. One-quarter of Illinois’ economy is based in the agriculture sector and it should be a top priority of the legislature to enact policies that allow the sector to grow. Illinois is the third largest producers of commodities in the United States and we continue to expand our agricultural reach throughout the world. - See more at: http://www.senatorlahood.com/Media/News/NewsDetails/TabId/795/p/16719/v/2000/-LaHood-Opinion-New-911-Dialing-Law-Further-Protects-Safety-of-Illinoisans.aspxA seemingly insolvable $100 billion pension deficit has thousands of Illinoisans running for the hills and credit rating agencies issuing more negative reports.

Years of patronage hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) was finally addressed this week, as a federal judge recently ruled that a federal monitor, appointed by the court, will be required to oversee future IDOT hiring practices.

Following a three-year investigation of political hiring at IDOT, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier ruled the best way to ensure IDOT complies with state hiring procedures is by appointing “an officer of the court who is acting under the auspices of the court.”   

The Office of the Illinois Executive Inspector General (OEIG) reported earlier this year that hiring rules were not being followed by IDOT. Since 2003, OEIG found that hundreds of IDOT employees were hired without having to go through the state’s strict hiring procedures. Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza’s report highlights the Governor’s failure to root out corruption and political patronage in one of Illinois’ largest state departments.

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