This just in… Trouble
Friday, Sep 29, 2006
Rep. Jack Franks has just sent out a press release that makes a very valid point about how Gov. Blagojevich’s administration could be in big, big trouble over allegedly illegal state hiring.
Franks (D-Woodstock) has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the guv’s office for all exemptions granted by Blagojevich to his own Executive Order 1, which froze state hiring in 2003. The only way anyone can get a state job (or a promotion) to this day is to obtain an exemption to the order from the governor.
The point here is that it will be difficult to make the case that a couple of mid-level personnel chiefs who were taking orders from above were responsible for any alleged lawbreaking.
Why? Because not only did the personnel people fill the jobs with political hacks on alleged orders from the governor’s patronage office (and, in Beverly Asciridis’ case, by the governor himself), but the governor’s office itself then had to approve all the new hires.
Franks’ press release is below, along with his letter to Gov. Blagojevich and a copy of the governor’s Executive Order 1. Click the pics for a larger version.