* Drip, drip, drip…
Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign says the 2013 hiring of an $80,000 per year policy analyst at the state’s transportation agency had nothing to do with politics.
But, records show Edward M. Healy, 29, served as chairman of a campaign fund that had close connections to the Chicago Democrat’s campaign until June of that year.
Healy, who serves as a public transportation policy analyst for the Illinois Department of Transportation, chaired the Stronger Illinois Committee, which raised money from labor unions and funneled it to Democratic candidates running in the 2012 election for the General Assembly
The executive director of the Stronger Illinois committee was Cheryl Byers, a longtime Quinn friend and supporter who is now back on the governor’s campaign payroll as political director after helping him win the race for governor in 2010. […]
Quinn campaign spokeswoman Brooke Anderson dismissed questions that Healy’s hiring at the DOT was political and said Quinn did not create the Stronger Illinois PAC — even though Byers told the state board of elections the address was in the same suite of offices as the Quinn campaign.
* Rauner campaign react…
“Pat Quinn got his start as convicted Governor Dan Walker’s patronage chief so it’s no surprise that Pat Quinn’s administration is now embroiled in its own patronage scandal. It looks like it still pays to know Pat Quinn.” – Rauner spokesperson Mike Schrimpf
*** UPDATE 1 *** The Quinn campaign wants you to know that Healy has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Harvard.
And here’s more from the Rauner campaign…
Stronger Illinois Paid Just $250 A Month In Rent For A River North Office
Stronger Illinois Paid Just $250 A Month In Rent For A River North Office. (Illinois Board Of Elections, Accessed 8/7/14)
In 2013, The Average Cost Per Sq. Foot For Chicago Office Space Was $32.24 Per Month. (Chicago Office Market Overview,Colliers International, Q3 2013)
If Stronger Illinois Was Paying Average Rates For An Office Separate From Taxpayers For Quinn, Then The Office Was Just 15.5 Sq. Feet.
Edward Healy’s Brother, Brian, Works For Quinn’s Reelection Campaign
Brian Healy, Edward Healy’s Brother, Is On Taxpayers For Quinn’s Payroll And Has Been Paid $7,582.31 Since January 29, 2014. (Illinois Board Of Elections, Accessed 8/7/14)
Edward Healy’s Sister, Margaret, Was A Quinn Surrogate
Margaret Healy, Edward Healy’s Sister, Appeared At A Quinn Press Conference To Attack Bruce Rauner.“Margaret Healy, a sixth-grade Chicago history teacher at Chicago City Day School, held up her pay stub and talked of living in a basement apartment and sometimes borrowing her parents’ car to make ends meet.” (Natasha Korecki and Sydney Lawson, “Quinn: Rauner Uses Loopholes To Dodge Taxes,” Chicago Sun-Times, 7/9/14)
*** UPDATE 2 *** Quinn was asked about this issue today…