* From last week…
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.
Byers is considerably more than just “a longtime Quinn friend.”
* And most of the money raised by the committee didn’t get funneled into legislative campaigns. Take a look at this breakdown of the Stronger Illinois Committee’s finances…
* Total money raised: 22 receipts totaling $227,800
* Transfers out to campaigns: 142 Expenditures totaling $74,010
* Total expenditures excluding transfers out: 136 Expenditures totaling $150,935.66
* Cheryl Byers, payroll and reimbursements: 36 Expenditures totaling $77,409.08
* Taxes: 32 Expenditures totaling $43,149.24
* Rent: 24 Expenditures totaling $6,000
Transfers out to campaigns totaled a mere 32 percent of total funds raised. Expenditures were twice that of transfers out, and Byers’ pay and reimbursements also exceeded transfers out.