SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Quinn again dodges the question

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014

* Umm

Asked if all the [IDOT] employees whose hiring aroused concern had been fired, Quinn insisted he had addressed the matter.

“I acted on that the moment I learned about that,” he said. “I appointed a new secretary of transportation to carry out the rules exactly as they should be.”

That wasn’t even in the ballpark of a straight answer. There are dozens, maybe hundreds of those folks still on the state payroll. The Rauner campaign pounced…

In fact, Quinn has not acted. Dozens of illegal hires still remain in positions at IDOT. And Quinn refuses to explain how his subversion of veterans hiring preferences is any different than Rod Blagojevich’s. […]

”Pat Quinn clearly has no intention of ending illegal patronage inside his administration; he’s just waiting until November to ratchet up the corruption. At a time of record job losses and sky-high veterans unemployment, Pat Quinn cares more about keeping his cronies happy than letting Illinois workers compete for state jobs.” - Rauner campaign spokesperson Mike Schrimpf

- Posted by Rich Miller        


23 Comments
  1. - DuPage Rep - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:00 am:

    Let’s not talk about this, let’s focus on a non-binding minimum wage referendum. After all, it’s the right thing to do.


  2. - Roadbuilder - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:00 am:

    The fact is that all of the 58 who were going to be fired or laid off have until the end of September now before any of them even potentially will be laid off. Even the ones who have found jobs outside state employment have been told to wait to take other jobs and get laid off so they can be part of the eventual lawsuit and possibly get large back pay settlements.


  3. - Stones - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:03 am:

    PQ is in a pickle. Now that he’s been called out on political hires he risks alienating those employees sponsors but he must still somehow make it appear that he is cleaning house.


  4. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:07 am:

    I find it odd that politics and policy can mix almost endlessly with the exception of hiring practices. Quinn is in a pickle. When the auditor general says these people weren’t hired properly, can the gov just fire them on the spot? Isn’t there a rule to protect those people?


  5. - Peoria guy - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:09 am:

    Quinn made this mess himself and Rauner’s comments are melo-dramatic and over the top. Sigh.


  6. - IllinoisO'Malley - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:32 am:

    So glad Rauner now cares about vets getting jobs, didn’t see much about that before Wednesday. Would be interesting to see his veteran hiring policy when he ran GTCR.


  7. - Coffee Cup - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:43 am:

    My guess is that anyone that Pat Quinn gets rid of will (within a short time) simply wind up in another department of Illinois state government. It is “musical chairs” with these political patronage hires. They just get shuffled into another state job where they are less likely to attract attention. I watched George Ryan do it with a buddy of his who was then the Illinois Secretary of the Department of Agriculture. The for Illinois Secretary of Agriculture came under the intense heat of the press back in 2000-2001 for allowing the nation’s largest agricultural failure in the nation’s history to take place under his watch. George quickly but quietly had him resign but he soon was placed (aka. hidden) within the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at a salary of over $80,000 a year. I expect Pat Quinn will quickly (and quietly) do the same thing.


  8. - Anonymous - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:46 am:

    pat can only act after a report,everthing else is?


  9. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:50 am:

    Not a good answer at all Governor.
    You are the incumbent. You need to not bat this question away - you need to show that you are deeply touched by this horrible event, as much as your critics. Once you do that, you can then better tell the questioner the steps you have taken already, what steps you are taking now, and what steps you will take in the future to prevent it from ever happening again.

    You aren’t even trying Pat.
    You do want to get reelected, right? How about showing us.


  10. - wordslinger - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:57 am:

    If Rauner’s crew knows about dozens, they ought to roll the names out to keep the story going. Otherwsise, I don’t know if it registers outside of state employee circles.


  11. - Gone, but not forgotten - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:59 am:

    Apparently they CAN run, and they CAN hide! Democrats = YES, THEY CAN!


  12. - Chris - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:59 am:

    Wondering if/when PQ will own up to making a “mistake”. I’d say the money line is about -1,000,000 for “never”.

    How is this not worse (not ‘electoral optics’; real governance) than Rauner saying something dumb about minimum wage and then changing his mind?


  13. - walker - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 10:45 am:

    This will hurt, and we’ll be reminded big time of NRI in about a month.

    It is hard to imagine what is holding Pat Quinn back now from further steps to “clean house” in IDOT, unless he simply cannot legally do it.


  14. - Demoralized - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 10:47 am:

    ==unless he simply cannot legally do it==

    I believe that’s probably the answer but that’s not an answer he can give, so he dances instead.


  15. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:00 am:

    === ==unless he simply cannot legally do it==

    I believe that’s probably the answer but that’s not an answer he can give, so he dances instead.===

    - Demoralized - & - walker - are On It for me, which is why I try to skirt this very carefully.

    The Veterans’ Preference issue makes me sick, and this idea that fingers snap and all is fine is utterly ridiculous for Quinn to even TRY to peddle out there as “done”

    A major problem that Rauner and his bought and paid for ILGOP is having is that making statements that - wordslinger - can say, “Ok, name them” makes the allegations less impactful to reality.

    It’s like things that should be rudimentary politics… they are done 180 degrees wrong, sparing the wounded Quinn.

    ILGOP, say it wrong, it’s still ongoing, and Quinn refused to see it then or fix it when he certainly could have.

    Period.


  16. - the Patriot - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:53 am:

    Quinn made his decision when he did not get rid of off of Rod’s people. That is the decision that will bring him down. I do not believe Quinn is a criminal, but just in over his head.

    The list has a total of about 200 names so they are out. The reality is those folks are riding it out. In IL, the republican has a 50% shot no matter what the polls say.

    Quinn is pot committed now. He can’t go and fire another 200 people 60 days before the election or it looks like a response to allegations and he knew it was wrong. He has to slow play and hope nothing breaks before the election then figure it out. Again, not a great plan, is he going to fire everyone and admit corruption is rampant in is administration 60 days before the election.


  17. - A guy... - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 11:54 am:

    == wordslinger - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 9:57 am:

    If Rauner’s crew knows about dozens, they ought to roll the names out to keep the story going. Otherwsise, I don’t know if it registers outside of state employee circles.===

    Inside 60 days now. It’s turning into a game of Spades. If you have enough trump cards, now’s the time you can begin tossing them into the middle of the table, from the smallest to the largest. It’s either started or it’s about to.


  18. - Formerly Known As... - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 12:09 pm:

    Clean house or do not. Fix this abuse or do not. “Fumigate” or do not.

    Your choice either burnishes your image as a government reformer looking out for the “little guy”, or subtly admits that the “old” Pat Quinn no longer exists.


  19. - mcb - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 12:32 pm:

    Rauner needs to hit more on the veteran angle. Skirting around veteran hiring preference resonates. He needs to come up with some plan for veterans (especially since Quinn has framed himself as so pro-veteran) and then attack Quinn on this.


  20. - You - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 1:17 pm:

    The veterans angle hits Quinn both politically and personally.


  21. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 2:33 pm:

    “We have asked CMS and the Attorney General for an opinion on whether and how we can undo what was previously done.”


  22. - Hocus Pocus - Thursday, Sep 4, 14 @ 4:41 pm:

    There are a few down in Southern Illinois including the mayor of a small town who are still there even after this guys mother was discharged. Both were political hires


  23. - Mister M - Friday, Sep 5, 14 @ 8:50 am:

    The Guv is in a mess of his own making. He chose to allow the Blago patronage hires, disguised or not, to stay, and he allowed room to be made for his own. As for candidate Rauner & Co., they could surely find more than what’s identified so far. “Local Area Liasions”?, “Technical Assistants”?, even “Chiefs of Staff” …can we find such positions before Quinn & Blago?


TrackBack URI

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Good morning!
* Ginning up the base
* 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

          
        * Samsung announces the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, its “slimmest smartphones to date”
        * Samsung announces ultra-thin Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3
        * Metal unibody phones Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 get official announcements
        * Latest Q3 2014 IDC figures show Xiaomi now 3rd in smartphones shipped
        * In The Best Conditions, iOS-Exclusive Vainglory Is A Top-Notch MOBA
        * Xiaomi sees meteoric rise to number three global smartphone OEM
        * HTC is making a mistake by not making the One M8 Eye broadly available

        * Ambulance Drone Could Help Save Heart Attack Victims
        * Ampy Wearable Battery Juices Itself Up Via Kinetic Energy
        * Bistro Face Recognition Food Bowl For Feline Lovers
        * Unsticker.Me Gets Rid of Stickers from Your Facebook Feed
        * Take Out Your Frustrations on These Anti-Stress Rubber Mushrooms
        * Cover Your Laptop’s Camera, Protect Your Privacy with CameraBadge
        * Now This is Handy: Hair Drying Gloves

        * Minnie Miñoso belongs in the Hall of Fame
        * Development of young core in '15 can define Chicago's future
        * Abreu leads White Sox GIBBY hopefuls with five noms
        * Allen, Wills among new faces on Hall's Golden Era ballot
        * The offseason begins with a new Chicago manager and old arguments
        * World Series Game 7: Notes and discussion
        * Guillen, White Sox look back on '05 championship


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

        Archives
        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


        * Why I'm voting for Pat Quinn - Chicago Tribune..
        * Gov. Quinn visited Triton College on Oct. 28 - .....


        * 3 killed when train strikes SUV
        * Waukegan teachers approve contract ending strike
        * 2 killed, 8 injured in construction zone wreck
        * Suburban judge attacked by inmate in courtroom
        * Man charged in death of Rockford attorney in crash
        * Inmate freed in landmark Illinois case
        * Social issues take backseat in governor's race
        * Illinois basketball court not damaged by water
        * Quinn, Rauner pick up newspaper endorsements
        * Judge won't sentence absent former Ohio official

        * Attorney general seeks clarifications from Topinka’s former nonprofit
        * Inmate freed from Jacksonville prison in landmark Illinois case
        * Cross opposes income tax hike extension
        * Gay marriage, abortion issues take back seat in governor’s race
        * Madigan’s office seeks clarifications from former Topinka nonprofit
        * Cross says no to income tax hike extension, sales tax on services
        * Gay marriage, abortion issues take backseat in governor’s race
        * Illinois inmate freed in landmark capital punishment case
        * Rauner says women will decide governor's race
        * Judge denies ex-representative new bribery trial

        * Lake Shore Drive ramps by McCormick Place set for early 2015 construction
        * Groupon forecast falls short of estimates
        * Groupon mulls overseas options as forecast falls short
        * Groupon hires advisers top find partners for Asia businesses
        * Groupon hires advisers to find partners for Asia businesses


        * Garcia: I'm a serious mayoral candidate, not just a protest vote
        * A higher standard of criminal justice
        * Ex-Northwestern doctor to pay $475K to settle fraud claims
        * Sad day  when  Catholic  schools  close
        * Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein, whose Loop business drew stars, dead at 65
        * Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein, whose Loop business drew stars, dead at 65
        * Durbin, Oberweis square off for final time
        * State’s attorney investigating alderman’s prize offer to voters
        * Face it: Animator has found a great way to pass time on his commute
        * Refund those unfair yellow-light tickets


        * Alleged lieutenant of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' seeks minimum prison term
        * Installation begins on Wallenda's tightrope over Chicago River
        * Off-duty police officer beaten and robbed in the Loop
        * Teen wounded in Morgan Park shooting, at least 3 others injured across city
        * Waukegan district, teachers come to terms after monthlong strike
        * Judge again orders Crystal Lake South bleachers to come down
        * Naperville high school cancels activities after bomb threat
        * Officials: Defendant in Maywood court attacked judge
        * Rauner, Quinn squabble over who deserves credit for digital lab
        * Coroner: Body buried in Indiana is missing relative of dead woman, slain man


        * Prisoner Freed After Recanting Testimony "Angry"
        * The Choice Of Choice: Gov. Candidates On Abortion
        * Group Has A Goal Of Improving Access To Preschool In Macon County
        * Turn out for what? Will young voters make it to the polls, or stay home as usual?
        * As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost
        * Authorities: Springfield Woman's BAC Three Times The Legal Limit
        * 2014 Election Coverage: Citizens, here's your homework!
        * Aldermen skip chance to ask about city’s handling of police commander
        * Immigrant Rights Groups: Demand Oustrips Slots For Driver's Licenses
        * U-S Senate Candidates Differ On Ebola Response And More


        * Esther Cepeda: Elizabeth Pena: Trailblazer on the big screen
        * Andy Shaw: Voter turnout instrumental to reform
        * Ty Fahner: What if the Court rejects pension reform?
        * Attorney general seeks clarifications from Topinka’s former nonprofit
        * Quote of the Day: Friday, Oct. 31
        * Inmate freed from Jacksonville prison in landmark Illinois case
        * Cross opposes income tax hike extension
        * Gay marriage, abortion issues take back seat in governor’s race
        * Illinois inmate freed in landmark capital punishment case
        * Rauner says women will decide governor's race


        * Big Ten update: Big weekend for Beckman
        * Road to Champaign: In-state commits prep for playoffs
        * Thursday's prep highlights: Schlarman claims regional
        * Prairie Capital can be home away from home
        * Central snaps Centennial's run
        * O'Toole acts with a touch of humor
        * Campaigns go into overdrive this weekend
        * Final debate brings up new issues for 13th District candidates
        * Letter: Special education on the wrong track
        * Letter: Murrayville reunion a wonderful event


        * Schaumburg tops Niles West for regional championship
        * Hossa hits milestone where it all began
        * Focused Cary-Grove a regional champ
        * Harvest Christian wins 4th straight volleyball regional
        * Parties, PACs pouring money into 56th District race

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Election 2014 Endorsements...
        * Election 2014 Endorsements...
        * Election 2014 Endorsements...
        * Election 2014 Endorsements...
        * Election 2014 Endorsements...

        * How first lady, Rauner factor into their p......
        * Celeb Spotting...
        * ISIS Has More Land, Money, and Fighters Th......
        * A Republican Senate Victory Could Splinter......
        * Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Celebr......

        * Poll: Downstate Could Go Either Way In Guv's Race
        * South Siders To Rally For Trauma Center Outside U of C Gala
        * Op-Ed: Google Car Gives The Blind More Independence While Saving Illinois Millions
        * Google Car
        * DNA Info: Englewood Whole Foods Developers Looking for More Tenants
        * Sorry Mark Brown but I don't think it is about the money...
        * Waukegan Teachers Reach Deal With Board Of Ed
        * Waukegan Teachers Reach Deal With Board Of Ed (UPDATED)
        * You think the Hinsdale board was crappy to teachers? Look at what they are doing to plow over the support staff.
        * Mark Anderson: Chicago progressives have an embarrassment of riches.


        * Editorial: Rauner best choice as governor to begin to reverse Illinois’ fortunes
        * Quinn to celebrate Rauner’s UI Labs accomplishment
        * Another Democrat Runs Away From Pat Quinn
        * Governor Pat Quinn Statement on Tentative Agreement to End Waukegan Teacher Strike, Return Students to Classrooms - State Education Chief Worked Overnight to Reach Common Ground, Students Heading Back to School on Monday
        * Governor Quinn Joins UI LABS to Break Ground on New Digital Manufacturing Hub - Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute Set to Open in 2015, Create Jobs




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