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?


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Rauner vetoes several union-backed bills
* This just in... Illinois Supreme Court accepts direct appeal of remap case
* Social service providers claim administration has "unchecked discretion" over paying off old contracts
* GOP poll: Kirk and Duckworth essentially tied, Clinton leads by 14
* Today's quotable
* The Roger Ailes connection to Illinois
* Even more editorial support for the Independent Map Amendment
* Question of the day
* Today in Illinois history
* *** LIVE COVERAGE *** Rauner education press conference
* Trump's best point of the night
* Mrs. Rauner appears to support Turnaround Agenda strategy
* Caption contest!
* Adding some context to Rauner's e-mail diatribe
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Oh, this ought to be good
* Rauner apologizes for making "unfair, untrue" comments in old e-mail
* 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

  
* If we had a personal cloud instead of a phone, would we be better off?
* iPhone 7 Pro specs and features, Galaxy Note 7 battery & more – Pocketnow Daily
* Evan Blass leaks Apple iPhone 7 release date
* SurveyMonkey proclaims peak Pokemon GO in US
* Instant hidden rebate for Moto G4 on Amazon
* Dots & Co. tweaks the Dots games by adding a friendly companion
* iPhone 7 Plus? iPhone 7 Pro? Here’s a video showing either or both of them

* White Sox rumors: Chris Sale, Jose Quintana talk dominating discuss...
* Could Morneau help end Sox offensive woes?
* Morneau's blast not enough as Sox fall
* Rangers making effort to acquire lefty Sale
* Lawrie's sore hamstring won't lead to DL stint
* Tigers 7, White Sox 5: Carson Fulmer falters in first test
* Morneau's blast not enough as Sox fall

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


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

Archives
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
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 governor working with police on mariju.....
* Illinois governor working with police on mariju.....
* Illinois governor working with police on mariju.....
* Illinois governor working with police on mariju.....
* Illinois governor working with police on mariju.....
* Illinois governor working with police on mariju.....
* Illinois governor working with police on mariju.....
* Illinois governor working with police on mariju.....
* Illinois governor working with police on mariju.....
* Illinois governor working with police on mariju.....


* ACLU praises new Illinois limits on cellphone surveillance
* Boat slams into Lake Michigan break wall, killing 2 people
* Illinois governor working with police on marijuana bill
* Illinois church built in 1860s destroyed by fire
* Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults
* Oil company expands drilling at Indiana State University
* 10 hospitalized after SUV rollover on Chicago freeway
* Gunfire injures 3 in Calumet City, including pregnant woman
* Special court in Madison County helps veterans avoid jail
* Tree planted 20 years ago to be rededicated to slain student

* Rauner OKs regulating police use of cell-site simulators
* Illinois Supreme Court to consider remap ballot measure
* Rauner vetoes construction-wage, homecare-worker pay increases
* Rauner apologizes, Chicago teachers protest over 2011 email questioning their competency
* Providers: Stop gap budget won't have 'meaningful' impact
* Rauner apologizes for calling Chicago teachers illiterate
* Illinois ordered to rethink medical marijuana for migraines
* Rauner once called Chicago teachers 'virtually illiterate'
* Gov. Rauner signs early childhood law
* Rauner once called Chicago public school teachers 'virtually illiterate'

* Jury finds rooftop owner guilty on charges he cheated Cubs
* Coming Soon: Joffrey Ballet on Navy Pier
* Airlines rake in cash as fares stay cheap. What's wrong with this picture?
* Ulta on State Street permanently closes its doors


* Uber driver charged with possession of firearm, marijuana
* Clinton and Kaine debut as Democratic ticket in Florida
* 2 killed in boat crash on Lake Michigan near East Chicago
* Person in custody following attempted bank robbery
* ISIS attack on Afghan protest kills at least 80, wounds 231
* Emma Roberts, Dave Franco prove they sure have ‘Nerve’
* Police say Munich suspect was obsessed with mass shootings
* Dems, Clinton prepare for DNC in Philadelphia
* To his neighbors, Kaine is just mountain jack
* Pregnant woman among 3 shot in Calumet City


* New domestic violence law gives convicted murderer a shot at freedom
* As Democrats' convention nears, hacked DNC emails are posted online
* Man found shot to death in Gary home
* Clinton and Kaine debut as Democratic ticket in Florida
* 10 seriously injured in Bishop Ford rollover
* WNBA president talks about fining players over warmup shirts
* Two dead after boat collides with Lake Michigan break wall
* Police say Munich shooting suspect was obsessed with mass shootings
* Review: Joe Rogan tears himself apart, for laughs, at Civic Opera House
* Islamic State claims attack on Afghan protesters demanding electricity; 81 dead, 231 wounded


* Joel Erickson: Sen. Kirk must stand up for veterans' rights
* Charles Krauthammer: Notes from Cleveland: The two-part rebellion
* Rauner OKs regulating police use of cell-site simulators
* Illinois Supreme Court to consider remap ballot measure
* Rauner vetoes construction-wage, homecare-worker pay increases
* Rauner apologizes, Chicago teachers protest over 2011 email questioning their competency
* Providers: Stop gap budget won't have 'meaningful' impact
* Rauner apologizes for calling Chicago teachers illiterate
* Illinois ordered to rethink medical marijuana for migraines
* Rauner once called Chicago teachers 'virtually illiterate'


* Coffee With The Plant Experts 07-23-16
* PODCAST: Saturday Sports Talk 07-23-16
* Fire destroys Bentley Motors on city's south side
* Crime Stoppers of McLean County 7/23/16
* Bentley Motors on fire on city's south side
* Community urged to populate site, download app
* Renovated foreclosed homes now for lease
* King resigns, new member appointed to District 165 Board of Education
* Koos: Town-gown relations good, improving
* Most Illinois farmers optimistic as summer progresses


* How sympathetic whites are helping to fuel racial change
* Boy Scouts faring well a year after easing ban on gay adults
* Blue Jays 1B Colabello reinstated from restricted list
* With a 3rd Tour title coming up, Froome turns focus to Rio
* Brazil police arrest man suspected of Olympics attack plans

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Senators Durbin, Kirk Announce Reopening O......

* Letter: Kirk's integrity - Northwest Herald...

* Illinois GOP delegates cast 54 votes for Trump, 9 for Cruz, 6 for Kasich
* IR Readers Favorites for Third Week of July 2016
* Plagiarism.
* KKK Wizard David Duke runs on the Trump Party ticket for Louisiana senator.
* Cartoon Of The Day
* Jonathan Halabi at the AFT. Day 2.
* Saw the new "Purge" movie recently
* “The Driver’s Side” – News From The Motorist’s Perspective
* “Incompetent” and “Illiterate?” Could we say governor is “Clueless?”
* Trump Formally Accepts GOP Presidential Nomination


* Discount Admission Tickets Available For Purchase At Area Retailers - Fair to extend purchasing hours at Emmerson Building
* Governor Announces Appointments
* New Halsted Street Bridge Finished at Byrne Interchange, Multimodal Travel, Neighborhood Connectivity Enhanced - Last of Eisenhower bridges to be completed, project moves into next phase
* No Pokemon Go access on Veteran Home’s grounds
* Governor Takes Bill Action




Hosted by MCS -- CapitolFax.com Privacy Policy -- SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax -- Advertise Here -- Mobile Version -- Contact Rich Miller