Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* “It’s your job as Governor to get along with people.”
The Mayor has bit his tongue a few times in recent weeks as his pension bill is sitting on the Governor’s desk at the moment.
* The pension bill has sort of been tucked away in the inside pages as of late though. As you remember from yesterday…
A Chicago attorney who has long crusaded against patronage is asking a federal judge to investigate hiring under Gov. Pat Quinn, alleging the Democratic governor has continued to stack the Illinois Department of Transportation with political hires.
Michael Shakman argues that Quinn has violated rules that prevent certain employees from being hired for political reasons.
The attorney points to an investigation by the Better Government Association, a watchdog group that found Quinn has continued practices first put in place by impeached ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich that it says improperly classified non-political positions as ones that could be filled by political appointees.
The Governor’s campaign, according to the Daily Herald, is not commenting on the story, which is leading to the media to rehash Rauner’s attacks. Take a look at this full WGN News segment the Republican hopeful uploaded yesterday…
That’s more than three minutes of free airtime in Chicago, and none of it included remarks from the Quinn people.
From another good government group, and the Governor’s political past…
Meanwhile, good government groups said even allegations of patronage hiring were cause for concern.
“It’s a slippery slope when we see this happen. It makes sense to look into it right now,” said Susan Garrett of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. “This can’t be a gray area.”