A key figure in last summer’s Metra transit scandal is now working for the state of Illinois in a recrafted job after a referral from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press show that Patrick Ward was hired by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration for a $70,000 post that was redefined after he was interviewed. His supervisory position currently has no one to supervise because of vacancies.
Officials say Ward received no special treatment and that his background qualified him for the job. But they exempted the post from normal hiring rules so he didn’t have to compete against other candidates. [Emphasis added]
* But, really, should this be any sort of surprise? I mean, the Speaker is more than just “adept” at patronage. He’s a master.
Remember this nifty little move from 2011?…
The Regional Transportation Authority has come up with an interesting solution of sorts to its continuing Springfield woes. It’s hired the son-in-law of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan for a $130,000-a-year job. […]
The RTA’s spokeswoman says there is “no relationship” between the hiring and the fact that RTA Chairman John Gates has had a rocky relationship with Mr. Madigan, with continual talk that the speaker might even run a bill to abolish the agency.
Yeah, no relationship whatsoever.