* Pat Quinn fired Henry Bayer’s wife, Jacqueline Kinnaman…
Gov. Pat Quinn, who has faced relentless criticism from state employees’ largest union for withholding pay raises, boosting retiree health-insurance costs and trying to reduce pension benefits, has fired the union president’s wife from a state job as a workers’ compensation arbitrator. […]
Kinnaman, a lawyer who has worked for the state since 1990, had been a full-time arbitrator for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission since 2004. She earned $115,840 a year. Before that, she was a full-time appointed member of the commission’s predecessor, the Illinois Industrial Commission. […]
Kinnaman, who remains unemployed, said Thursday she applied for reappointment. She said she wasn’t told why Quinn chose not to renew her appointment. […]
Bayer and AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall declined to speak with the newspaper about Kinnaman’s firing. But Lindall wrote in an email: “We have no direct knowledge that the failure to reappoint her was retribution for who she is married to. If it was, it is both unethical public policy and a slap in the face to every woman who has worked to achieve her own independent role in public life.” […]
Lindall said in his email: “Jackie Kinnaman has more than 20 years’ experience as a workers compensation commission (member) and arbitrator in a career that predates Mr. Bayer’s directorship at AFSCME. First appointed by Gov. Thompson, Ms. Kinnaman was subsequently reappointed by both Republican and Democratic governors, and recently earned unanimous recommendations for a new term from both business and labor representatives.”
Kinnaman said she is not eligible for state pension benefits or health insurance.
This kind of reminds me of when Rod Blagojevich fired Tim Mapes’ wife. We all know how that one worked out.