image
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Today’s number: 4

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014

* AP

More than a year after a much-lauded compromise paved the way for high-volume oil and gas extraction in Illinois, the agency in charge of overseeing the practice has hired just four of 53 new employees it says it needs as it continues working to complete rules that drillers must follow.

Yes, we’re once again talking about the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. But this is not solely a problem with DNR. The Quinn administration takes forever to approve hiring. It’s a ridiculously elongated process and often-times the people agencies want to hire have found other jobs before the Quinnsters finally sign off.

* Ugh

“I think this is a complete effort to slow down the process; I think it’s politics pure and simple,” said Mark Denzler, vice president of the Illinois Manufacturers Association, adding that the DNR had said it would hire half of the needed staff before the end of 2013 and half this year.

Emphasis added for obvious reasons.

* DNR’s excuse

Even if the rules were completed, the agency does not yet have enough experts to issue permits, inspect wells and perform other tasks associated with the anticipated influx of drilling activity. Last summer, state and industry officials said it could take a year to get the program running.

Miller said it took time to write job descriptions, develop interview questions and obtain approval to begin hiring. So far the agency has hired two well inspectors, an investigator and an office worker, and 23 other jobs are posted. The agency should have 15 people hired by the end of July, and will focus on first hiring those who will work in permitting, Miller said, adding that after July, hiring “will start picking up steam.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        


26 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:26 am:

    OK, this is b.s. The law is in effect, and people are waiting to invest, start making some money and spreading it around.

    This is when governors should light a fire under their people to take a little more personal interest in their jobs or somebody else will be doing it very shortly.


  2. - Fed up - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:28 am:

    Again the Quinn admin is incompetent. The lost revenue is millions, pensions, unpaid bills who cares. Quinn probably doesn’t know how to hire legit without patronage so he doesn’t know what to do here. Veto gambling, ignore gas revenue but cry poor when passing unconstitutional pension bills. Great work Pinocchio Pat.


  3. - walker - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:32 am:

    They’ve might have reacted to criticism of hiring practices with layer upon layer of bureaucracy, and review. Rather be safe than do the job expeditiously. That’s been the seeming reaction in other departments.


  4. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:36 am:

    You cannot expect a political party who is filled with people focusing on how businesses need to be regulated - to know how to implement this. Democrats know how to regulate existing industries, they don’t do a great job regulating new ones, because they generally lack that base of knowledge.

    So I don’t blame the poor results due to deliberate malfeasance. Its just that it is hard to find a Democrat who knows how to do this type of work.

    Just as it is almost impossible to find someone in the GOP who can understand the minutia of labor laws, it is very hard to find someone in the Democratic party who can understand the minutia of this.

    We simply have the wrong party in power to accomplish this kind of roll-out. It will take time. It can be done. It just isn’t going to go as quickly as it would if there was a group of GOP executives were doing it.

    Besides, do you want all the regulatory safeguards adhered to? It takes a Democrat, not a Republican to handle that kind of work with due diligence.

    If you are a pro-business Democrat with experience in natural extraction businesses - we need you! There are just so dang few of you!


  5. - DuPage Bard - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:38 am:

    Maybe they haven’t got the list yet of who they are required to hire from above. Expect all 53 hires to occur right after Labor Day with pro-rated, preapproved, paid leaves of absences that end on Nov 5th.


  6. - Pete - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:43 am:

    The process is slow because CMS is involved.

    Simple as that.

    Have CMS review the selected candidate after the interview. Currently CMS reviews all the candidates after the interview. If they only review the selected candidates, this process would be extremely quicker.


  7. - spidad60 - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 10:56 am:

    can’t they hire staff assistants for that? those don’t take long to get approved by the Gov’s Office


  8. - kathryn - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 11:17 am:

    I hope the sentence “the Quinn administration has to approve all hirings” does not get lost in the DNR story. Quinn administration had to approve all hirings at IDOT, so pretending not to know who was being hired at IDOT is ridiculous.


  9. - Keyser Soze - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 11:23 am:

    Writing job descriptions? They already exist. The foot-draging is by design and won’t stop until after the election.


  10. - Arizona Bob - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 11:39 am:

    This is total nonsense from the DNR. I work in the oil and gas industry, and while the people who are qualified to do this aren’t cheap, you can get contract people in place pretty fast.

    Job descriptions shouldn’t take more than two weeks if the person in charge knows what they’re doing (which they probably don’t since they’re likely patronage hacks).

    My guess is that partonage and political delaying issues are the problem here. The problem is that not a lot of political patronage workers have any qualifications for these jobs, so they’re trying to find ways to reduce the necessary qualificatins in the descriptions to get their friends the jobs. It was ever thus in Illinois management….


  11. - Downstate Illinois - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:05 pm:

    It also takes time to match job descriptions to the qualifications of the various offspring of Democratic Party county chairman and spouses of certain elected officials.


  12. - wordslinger - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:07 pm:

    –The foot-draging is by design and won’t stop until after the election.–

    I doubt it. You already took the hit in some circles by signing the bill. Now all you’re doing is honking off the people who want it.

    They call SNAFU for a reason. Lethargy and ineptness are generally the answer, rather than conspiracy.


  13. - dupage dan - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:18 pm:

    === They call SNAFU for a reason. Lethargy and ineptness are generally the answer, rather than conspiracy ===

    If that is supposed to set our minds at ease - I, for one, am not amused.

    === This is when governors should light a fire under their people to take a little more personal interest in their jobs or somebody else will be doing it very shortly ===

    More of that is needed. Do you believe Quinn is willing/able to accomplish it?


  14. - Sir Reel - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:42 pm:

    The exodus of career professionals from DNR means the remaining managers are mostly political appointees who, shall we say, have trouble completing paperwork and following through. They’re more concerned with the Governor’s Office than with getting the job done. Another legacy of the Blago/Quinn era.


  15. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:56 pm:

    So if they rush the hiring now and you all are placated, I don’t wanna hear any complaints that unqualified idiots ended up the jobs, okay? Something else to consider is that people who are technically qualified for these jobs don’t want them because of the precariousness of the state’s financial situation. It also ignores the possibility that the whole situation was created by an overly optimistic timeline. Companies were agitating for permits before Quinn even signed the bill. Even one of the leaders of the state’s oil and gas association said, “development is still probably a few years away.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/04/illinois-fracking-state-m_n_3383470.html


  16. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 12:58 pm:

    ===So if they rush the hiring now ===

    LOL

    Don’t argue like a child.


  17. - A guy... - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 1:14 pm:

    And yet, he was able to get at least one program up and running and spending over $50M in a matter of days. Pat Quinn is surely an enigma eh?

    Fracking and minerals aren’t popular with the base. Timing is everything. This is unforgivable for a state in our financial situation. I used to constantly hear “Republicans ‘want’ the economy to stay bad for political purposes”. Never agreed. But look at this mess and make a lucid argument.


  18. - Downstate Illinois - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 1:15 pm:

    They claim to need more staff, but there’s no openings listed anywhere on the department’s website.


  19. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 1:19 pm:

    –Fracking and minerals aren’t popular with the base.–

    I hadn’t noticed Downstate fracking as a big topic of conversation in northeastern Illinois.

    He signed the bill. Whatever political damage there was to be had is done.


  20. - Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 1:20 pm:

    Today there are only 8 job postings for DNR and only 1 for a Well Inspector. The others are Grants, Fisheries, and Sparta’s shooting complex.


  21. - Responsa - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 1:37 pm:

    How many real dollars in tax revenues are being lost to our state every single day from drillers not being able to drill, extractors not being able to extract product, and workers not being able to be employed in the field? This is ridiculous, and just more self-inflicted damage to the state’s finances regardless of whether it’s intentional or merely incompetence on DNR’s and the governor’s part.


  22. - A guy... - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 1:56 pm:

    === Anonymous - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 1:19 pm:
    I hadn’t noticed Downstate fracking as a big topic of conversation in northeastern Illinois.===

    I can only suggest you get some Q-Tips maestro.


  23. - walker - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 2:21 pm:

    Sounds like the Gaming Board rollout of video gambling regulation. Took at least a year too long.


  24. - Precinct Captain - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 3:54 pm:

    ==Don’t argue like a child.==

    I’ll admit it, the first part was hyperbolic (of course, the definition of hyperbole is a statement that is not meant to be taken literally), but it doesn’t change the fact that the oil and gas association expected this to take some time, which is different from the nonsense of the IMA.


  25. - A guy... - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 4:05 pm:

    PC, can’t rationalize yourself out of the corner when he sends you there. Just serve the penalty and try for the Popsicle tomorrow.


  26. - Retired IDNR - Thursday, Jul 10, 14 @ 11:58 pm:

    Please, someone fire IDNR Director Marc Miller. This guy is an administrative nightmare.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Caption contest!
* Question of the day
* Hold off a bit, please
* The mental health cost shift
* Credit Unions – “People Helping People” and their Communities
* Redefining Darin
* *** UPDATED x1 - Rauner response *** Madigan to Rauner: Disclose how you reached your budget decisions
* Today's must-read
* *** LIVE *** Session coverage
* *** UPDATED x1 *** This morning's "right to work" tally
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * OnePlus hosting an event on April 20th
        * Orbitum will test your dexterity, will make you dizzy too
        * OnePlus Event, LG G4 Teaser, Google Search & more – Pocketnow Daily
        * Droplet reminds you of things you need to do digitally and physically
        * T-Mobile suspends ZTE ZMax sales, owners taking off the batt
        * Must Deliver action game challenges you to deliver the zombie cure
        * Microsoft promises new Office for Windows 10 phones by end of month

        * New Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 Available For Pre-Order In The US
        * Find Out Just How Much of an Uber Fiend You Are
        * Microsoft Responds To Bricked Windows 10 Lumia 520 Handsets
        * WikiLeaks Sony Document Hints At Upcoming New Cameras
        * Photojojo Wants To Turn Your iPhone Into A Disposable Camera, Sort Of
        * Disney Says Verizon’s Bundle-Breaking Pay TV Plan Breaks Its Rules
        * Disney Research Found A Way To 3D Print Interactive Plushies

        * Bang-bang play at second looms large in rally
        * After slow start, Shark settles in with strong outing
        * Samardzija battles, but White Sox take walk-off loss
        * Tigers 2, White Sox 1: Duel gone awry
        * Tigers 2, White Sox 1: A duel gone awry
        * Samardzija battles, but White Sox take walk-off loss
        * Sale-Sanchez duel set for Comerica Park

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Illinois Tobacco Quitline closes amid grant sus.....
        * Feds eye CPS records on education group backed .....
        * Barbara Byrd-Bennett taking leave of absence fr.....
        * Grand jury subpoenas reveal depth of CPS invest.....
        * Gov. Rauner visits tornado-ravaged Fairdale..
        * Feds eye CPS records on outside education group.....
        * Madigan forms committee to review Rauner budget.....
        * House Speaker Madigan Creates Budget Panel..
        * Parents lobbying against proposed budget cuts t.....
        * Speaker Madigan heats up his rhetoric in Spring.....


        * Attorneys seek dismissal of charges in Islamic State case
        * Cardinal Francis George, key Catholic orthodoxy voice, dies
        * Funeral for Cardinal George set for Thursday
        * Attorneys seek dismissal of charges in Islamic State case
        * Reaction to the death of Cardinal Francis George
        * Ex-police commander accused of torture decries reparations
        * Lawyer to judge: New NCAA head-injury deal as bad as first
        * Chicago schools chief to take temporary leave amid probe
        * Burge expresses disbelief over torture victims compensation
        * 2 convicted of desecrating Illinois cemetery get prison time

        * Madigan forms committee to review Rauner budget activities
        * Bill expanding in-car blood-alcohol devices passes House
        * Bobcat hunting bill passes House by slim margin
        * Madigan forms committee to review Rauner budget actitivities
        * State restores part of funding cut from schools
        * Bill banning powdered alcohol cruises through Senate
        * Official state pie? Illinois House approves the pumpkin variety
        * Springfield branch of The Autism Program lays off five workers
        * Illinois medical marijuana coordinator stepping down
        * Advocate Health amends Illinois managed care contract, saving state $5.1 million

        * Boeing accused of unfair labor tactics as union cancels vote
        * Does Rauner know what voters want in budget battle?
        * How many volunteers does it take to put on a gala? 150
        * Ten questions for the executive director of Green City Market
        * Cardinal George has died: reports


          * Feds eye CPS records on education group backed by state's, city's elites
          * From polio to priesthood: Francis George rose to lead hometown's Catholics
          * 3 charged with murder in 2012 slaying on Dan Ryan
          * CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett on leave amid federal probe
          * Young woman found dead in Gary home
          * After Cardinal George's death, parishes reflect on his impact, legacy
          * Cardinal George to be buried next to his parents in All Saints Cemetery
          * U.S. sets speed limit on oil-carrying trains in cities
          * Chicago woman's kidnapping story unravels after review of Ventra Card: cops
          * Cardinal Francis George dies after long struggle with cancer


          * George helped 'make his people holy'
          * Cardinal Francis George helped 'make his people holy'
          * Schock donor sues ex-US congressman seeking reimbursement
          * Is that the Loch Michigan Monster lurking off Fullerton Beach?
          * Chicago's retired Cardinal Francis George dies at 78
          * Canine flu outbreak sickens hundreds of dogs in Midwest
          * Rauner's first 100 days: The politics of negotiating a budget
          * 'Right to Try' measure passes Illinois House
          * Chicago council approves $5M settlement in police shooting
          * Chicago schools chief requests temporary leave amid probe


          * Heather Eagleton: Illinois should regulate step therapy treatments
          * Madigan forms committee to review Rauner budget activities
          * Bill expanding in-car blood-alcohol devices passes House
          * Bobcat hunting bill passes House by slim margin
          * Our Opinion: Springfield's flood warning signs an investment in safety
          * Mark Denzler and Randy Nehrt: 'Buy North American' bill a bad deal for Illinois
          * Cinda Klickna: Time for Rauner to stop campaigning and start governing
          * Wendy DuBoe and Mark Burton: Don't shortchange Illinois' investments in human services
          * E.J. Dionne: Rubio's fountain of youth
          * State restores part of funding cut from schools


          * Area statistics: Boys' track and field (April 18)
          * Friday's prep highlights: SJ-O's Gadau ties mark
          * UI roundup: O'Connor receives All-America status
          * Krug grills Hoosiers, Illini take 12th straight
          * Illini look to impress during final spring game
          * Lottery results
          * SportsTalk 04-17-15
          * Unity Girls Track Invite
          * SIU Official: No evidence of gun shots
          * Experts encourage bystanders to stop sexual assault and violence


          * Softball: Fox Valley roundup Friday, April 17
          * Palatine's Nigam wins all-around at Conant
          * LumberKings edge Cougars
          * No doubt about Naperville North's victory
          * Belletini's clutch effort lifts Warren

          * READ IN: Trading Spaces Edition
          * Foster drops out, announces support for Du...
          * Rep. Foster not running for Senate; throws...
          * House Democrat Passes on Illinois Senate Race
          * Cardinal Francis George succumbs to cancer...
          * Congresswoman Robin Kelly Statement on the...
          * Congresswoman Robin Kelly Statement on Isr...
          * Busy Easter Period for Waterford Racing Club
          * Rep. Kelly’s annual Youth Job and Resource...
          * Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Democr...

          * Ancona farmer goes to Washington for seminar...
          * Feds tighten safeguards for oil trains, ad......

          * Ancona farmer goes to Washington for seminar...
          * Reauthorization of the Zadroga 9/11 bill i......

          * Home Robberies In Buena Park
          * DNA Info: Poor, Black Chicagoans Overwhelmingly Picked Rahm Over Chuy
          * A comic book cafe
          * City council turnover...
          * Dumke: Will the new Chicago City Council still be a rubber stamp?
          * DNA Info: Planners Dreaming Up What's Next for Pullman National Monument
          * So the Regal Theater is on its way back...
          * Illinois Lawmakers Passes 'Right To Try' Law
          * Illinois Lawmakers Pass 'Right To Try' Law
          * Ba Le Starts Construction On "Desserts & Drinks"


          * Illinoisans Receive Governor’s Volunteer Service Award - 6thAnnual Awards Ceremony to be Held on April 20thin Springfield
          * Get Smart About College Planning During Money Smart Week® - College Illinois!® 529 Prepaid Tuition Program offers tips to plan for--and afford--the cost of college
          * Motorcycle Season Revs Up, Riders Urged to “Gear Up-Ride Smart” - New Campaign Touts Staying Safe Through Proper Gear, Education
          * IDOT’s Operation Teen Safe Driving Program Announces 2014-15 Winning Schools - Innovative Program Helps Save Lives, Promotes Safe Driving Habits
          * State of Illinois Takes Action on Medical Cannabis Dispensary Applicants





              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller