The saga continues.
Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard called Wednesday on Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich to remove his childrenâ€™s baby sitter from the Illinois Civil Service Commission.
The call for Betty Bukrabaâ€™s resignation from the panel that decides state employee disciplinary cases came after the Daily Herald reported that Blagojevich appointee Betty Bukraba is the some-time baby sitter for his two daughters.
â€œItâ€™s unconscionable that taxpayers are paying over $20,000-a-year to reward yet another Blagojevich crony whose fairness and judgment are compromised by her close relationship with the Blagojevich family,â€ said Dillard, the DuPage County Republican chairman who was speaking as a surrogate for Republican governor candidate Judy Baar Topinka. […]
The civil service commission is poised to decide a key case involving two downstate personnel workers Blagojevich officials fired after accusing them of fixing hiring tests to get jobs for politically-connected applicants. The attorney for the two workers, who are trying to get their jobs back, says the duo was just following orders from Blagojevich higher-ups. The case is unfolding during the middle of a governorâ€™s race as Blagojevich fends off a widespread federal probe into his administrationâ€™s hiring practices.
The governor’s office makes a good point, however.
Blagojevich spokesman Abby Ottenhoff defended Bukraba. […]
She said Bukraba is qualified to serve on the panel, pointing to the 14 years she spent as the director of personnel services in the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk’s office before retiring.
It doesn’t matter. The baby sitter’s decision in the crucial Dawn DeFraties case will be severely tainted, so she should probably step down.