Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » Reform and renewal
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Reform and renewal

Thursday, Jan 31, 2013

* Not good

The Illinois Department of Corrections filled a high-ranking prison administrator’s position with a man who had political clout but whose qualifications fell far short of the agency’s own job-description requirements, a state investigation has found.

The Illinois Executive Ethics Commission, in a report released Wednesday, did not name the administrator or the prison where he works. But it indicated he had prior experience only in teaching theater, as an assistant manager at a “movie store,” and managing an office for his father’s political campaign. The report did not name the father.

The agency’s description for the job cited the need for extensive educational and practical experience in criminology, penal administration and prison supervision. Corrections Director S.A. “Tony” Godinez, who is named in the report, acknowledged that the job required the ability to run the entire prison in an emergency.

The commission recommended that Gov. Pat Quinn’s office “take appropriate action” in the case of the employee because he wasn’t qualified. But one of Quinn’s lawyers responded that a review of the employee’s status showed that he “has achieved the requisite education and employment experience” for the job.

It’s the second time in less than three months that Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza has found hiring violations in in the Quinn administration. Meza reported in November that he found 10 violations of hiring law at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The report is here.

* Meanwhile

The state’s top ethics watchdog Wednesday accused a campaign consultant for state Sen. Napoleon Harris of misusing family leave time from his state job so he could do legislative campaign work.

State Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza recommended that University Park resident Curtis Thompson be barred from future state employment because of his alleged actions.

“Mr. Thompson sought [family] leave on a fraudulent basis, submitted a false [family leave] form and attempted to cover up his fraudulent activity by stating that he had resigned,” Meza’s report said.

Thompson, a one-time $66,612-a-year administrator at the Department of Central Management Services, obtained family leave time from the agency in January 2012 ostensibly to care for his terminally ill father in Alabama, Meza alleged.

But instead, the report said, Thompson did political work for parts of three months, leading up to the March 20, 2012 Democratic primary where Harris prevailed in a three-way race in the 15th Senate District.

Meza’s report does not explicitly name Harris as the legislative candidate for whom Thompson worked while on family leave from the state, and an aide to Meza would neither confirm nor deny Harris was the candidate.

That report is here.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

29 Comments
  1. - Ann - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 10:12 am:

    I gather there’s an i.d. Background story here. http://www.qconline.com/archives/qco/display.php?id=561956


  2. - SO IL M - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 10:19 am:

    Wow. Whoda thunk it

    The bad thing is that it took this long just to come up with one. DOC, and most other Dept.’s are filled all the way to the very top in the same manner.
    But hey, Quinn is really a good guy, and not at all like Blago, right?


  3. - steve schnorf - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 10:32 am:

    Wow! The Inspector General is saying (that the law says) that an administration cannot hire whoever it wishes in double-exempt positions. That is a huge leap from Rutan.

    An administration takes a risk when it hires unqualified people in exempt positions, but all do at least sometimes. That’s one of the reasons we have elections. If an administration wants to hire unqualified people in all 2000-some Rutan exempt positions, they should be able to do so. That’s the record they then have to run on. Jesus!


  4. - cassandra - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 10:38 am:

    I was thinking the same thing as as So. Il. Plus ca change…but, it’s Illinois after all.


  5. - state worker - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 10:48 am:

    I was expecting someone really unqualified. But, for the assistant warden of programs, he was pretty qualified. There are a lot of AWPs who have never led or organized anything. He seems alright.


  6. - walkinfool - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 11:08 am:

    Every time I think we might make progress in this state, I get a splash of reality in the face.

    Let’s just make it illegal for any state worker to work on any state-level campaign, regardless of their leave status. That’d shake some things up.

    (Of course, it would probably be unconstitutional in some way.)


  7. - Original Rambler - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 11:48 am:

    Double exempt jobs CAN have restrictions. For example, can’t hire anyone into a job which requires a law degree or other specialized skill set forth in the position description, double exempt or not.


  8. - dupage dan - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 11:55 am:

    OK, so “state worker” says it’s no big deal. Mr Schnorf didn’t seem so sanguine about it, tho. What are we to make of all this?

    BTW - was this person the ONLY person “qualified” for the position? Is this the best use of limited state funds?


  9. - Leave a Light on George - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 12:04 pm:

    =Wow! The Inspector General is saying (that the law says) that an administration cannot hire whoever it wishes in double-exempt positions. That is a huge leap from Rutan.=

    That’s not what the IG’s report says.

    It said that Corrections hired someone who did not meet the job requirements that they(Corrections) wrote.


  10. - Anyone Remember? - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 12:13 pm:

    Mr. Schnorf -

    The report references internal IDOC job requirements. And the individuals repeatedly state that this person would not have been hired in a maximum security prison.


  11. - steve schnorf - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 12:35 pm:

    so the “pc” response is to eliminate position descriptions for double exempt positions?


  12. - state worker - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 1:00 pm:

    I was expecting a Jason Plummer type. I was glad to see that this background actually lines up with the job description.


  13. - carbaby - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 1:58 pm:

    One thing that I learned last year when one of my close friends was being courted for 4 months for an Assistant Director position at a State agency. She was specifically told she needed to have a letter from a high ranking/highly esteemed Democrat that would be part of her application packet- in order to “seal the deal” so to speak and expedite the process.
    I’ve known many Deputy Directors and Assistant/SPSA’s as has my friend and this has never come up before- so we were a little taken aback.
    So I can see how this could happen for someone who is less than qualified but has the credentials and how the hiring practice is being implemented.


  14. - wondering - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 2:05 pm:

    Does PQ have a “clout list” like Rod’s? Is it subject to FOIA?


  15. - Dazed & Confused - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 2:25 pm:

    I thought names were made public after the IG’s report. Why is it redacted?

    Thanks to Ann for sharing the story with the person’s name.


  16. - Abe - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 2:38 pm:

    If this was the Blago Adminstration this story would be on the front page of the Tribune and Sun Times. But then the Quinn administration is different…right? There will be a similar story coming out of IDOT soon.


  17. - Leave a Light on George - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 3:12 pm:

    =so the “pc” response is to eliminate position descriptions for double exempt positions?=

    No, silly. You either write the description so loose that the preferred candidate qualifies or you (gasp! swallow hard!) find a preferred candidate who happens to be qualified.

    You used to work at CMS didn’t you? I would have thought you knew the way around such things. LOL


  18. - RetiredStateEmployee - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 3:33 pm:

    Why does the IG just pick on this one position. Many of these appointments have their resume on Linkedin and it is obvious they are political. There are a lot of these!


  19. - Fed up - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 3:39 pm:

    Well it used to be Quinn is honest but incompetent. Now we are starting to see he really isn’t all that honest either.


  20. - wow - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 3:42 pm:

    There are many more people out the in double exempt jobs that do not meet the necessary requirements.


  21. - Sir Reel - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 3:59 pm:

    Maybe the movie store he worked at had a prison movie section. Cool Hand Luke, etc. That would fully qualify him (assuming he watched the movies).


  22. - champaigndweller - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 5:16 pm:

    I guess prisons are a form of theater that would qualify this guy to run them?


  23. - Church Lady - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 6:22 pm:

    @ Fed up: What took you so long?


  24. - thelion - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 6:53 pm:

    There are three TA SPSA at DHS Bureau of Disability for a long time now. The two males do not meet qualifications so they are getting the experience while on temporary assignment.


  25. - tired - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 7:17 pm:

    The entire DOC upper mgmt is a joke starting with the Chief of Staff who has had state job after job after job because of his clout


  26. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 7:53 pm:

    State government got along for a long time without a single “Chief of Staff” outside the Governor’s Office. Now, everywhere from DHS to the Bureau of Pencils and Paperclips seems to have one, with an assistant or two apiece, all added under the Blago/Quinn “administration.”
    Someone should ask Papa Squeezy the big budget cutter to explain who these people are and what necessary duties they perform “for the people of the great Land of Lincoln, good and true.”


  27. - strobby - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 7:55 pm:

    Nothing here. I did over 30 years in DOC, this has been going on for years.


  28. - wow - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 8:52 pm:

    Yes strobby but it needs to stop. The OEIG is sending a message.


  29. - Road Dog - Friday, Feb 1, 13 @ 5:30 am:

    - Abe - Thursday, Jan 31, 13 @ 2:38 pm:

    If this was the Blago Adminstration this story would be on the front page of the Tribune and Sun Times. But then the Quinn administration is different…right? There will be a similar story coming out of IDOT soon.

    I am a IDOT retiree, it wouldn’t be tough to find 100 of these stories there, it’s full of them. They seemed to start showing up in 2003. Don’t get me wrong, there was that type in prior years but they didn’t have much say in critical decisions . Now they are in critical areas and are not up to the job.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Janus apparently no longer loves his state job, hires on with Illinois Policy Institute
* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* Pritzker meets with moms who've lost their kids to street violence, police shootings
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Fundraiser list
* Question of the day
* Caption contest!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Campaign stuff: Morrison; Ives; Skillicorn; Nybo; Rooney; Curran; Breen; Frese
* "And admit that the waters/Around you have grown"
* A tiny bit of good news from Moody's
* Proft files suit so his independent expenditure committee can coordinate with campaigns after caps busted
* Cook shifts governor's race from "Toss Up" to "Lean Democrat" - Third-party candidates "the tipping point"
* Unsolicited advice
* The impasse and the damage done
* Entire IPHCA executive committee resigns, lawyer let go after racism controversy
* Chicago to get its first public law school, but is it a wise move?
* Doom and gloom abounds, but a new pension idea emerges
* Another lawsuit filed in Quincy veterans' home deaths: "For a year and a half, he loved that place. And it killed him"
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

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

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

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

...............
<


Loading


* SVM EDITORIAL: Term limits: Beware of unintende.....
* McDaniel-Hale: The decision to smoke is a perso.....
* In Bellwood, Fritz Kaegi Blasts 'Machine Po.....
* Barickman Cautious About Trump Impact on IL Ele.....
* Democrats try to rebuild the state party from t.....
* New law better protects DCFS workers..
* Illinois Makes Its IT Department a Permanent Fi.....
* Dyslexia guidebook bill signed into law..
* Naperville Now 07-20-18..
* Is Pritzker the beginning of the end for Madigan?..


* The Latest: Coupled opted for duck boat ride at last minute
* Illinois officials consider options to save mural
* The Latest: Duck boat driver was a longtime pastor
* Illinois National Guard troops return from Afghanistan
* Veteran’s family sues Illinois over Legionnaires’ outbreak
* The Latest: Officials release boat accident victims’ names
* Judge rejects US efforts to strip terrorist of citizenship
* EXCHANGE: A family has deep roots in baseball and softball
* EXCHANGE: For 122 years, observatory has demystified the sky
* Northern Illinois man convicted of murdering sister-in-law

* Marginal amounts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Moody's gives Illinois finances a 'stable' outlook
* Illinois Army National Guard soldiers return home
* Marginal amouts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Under the Dome Podcast: Gun bills, Quincy, Trump-Putin reaction
* Incumbents hold big fundraising leads in central Illinois legislative races
* Springfield man wins Illinois State Police logo contest
* Rauner 'deeply troubled' by Trump's Helsinki comments
* Rauner signs bill to ease physician assistant hiring
* Bill taking Illinois out of voter registration system vetoed

* Home Run Pizza CEO dies
* Home Run Inn Pizza CEO dies
* Your neighbor isn't a business
* The future of the U.S. looks a lot like Chicago
* Cook County board moves to prevent repeat of pop tax fiasco


* Illinois woman among those killed in Missouri boat accident
* Three Chicago cops stop man from laying in street, going onto Kennedy
* Rural Virginia county aims to be the first to arm teachers
* In the age of Trump, Democratic socialism is on the rise
* White Sox OF Avisail Garcia expected to be activated from DL today
* None injured in fire at Elgin water treatment facility
* Sesame Street is entering classrooms: a big move for Big Bird
* Soy ‘milk’ makers may need to find alternative description
* Bears training camp: Take some time and do a side trip, a few good suggestions
* Man, 25, shot in Far South Side


* Tiger Woods shoots 66, in contention at British Open
* Kayaker's body found in Lake Michigan after capsizing nearly 2 years ago
* LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 7/21/18
* 'Using grain as a weapon has never worked': Will County farmer wary about effects of soybean tariffs
* Bears back on the practice field Saturday morning: Live updates
* Offset, husband of Cardi B, arrested on felony gun charges in Georgia
* Owners may demolish Gold Pyramid House damaged in fire, replace it with 'bigger and better' pyramid
* 8 things to know about new Cubs pitcher Jesse Chavez
* Special Olympics participant missing from Gold Coast
* Cubs' Kris Bryant, Addison Russell out of lineup for first game vs. Cardinals


» The Week in Review: Public Outcry Over Police-Involved Shooting
» ‘Ali: A Life’; Sexual Harassment In Bars; NPR’s Sam Sanders
» WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: July 20, 2018
» UIC To Acquire John Marshall Law School, Creating The City’s First Public Law School
» State Week: Russia Reactions, Gun Laws, Campaign Cash
» #660 PJ Morton & Opinions on Drake
» July 19, 2018 - Full Show
» Berwyn Homeowners Squeezed By School District Miscalculation
» How Conservatism Won In Wisconsin; Illinois Election Security; Special Olympics 50th Anniversary
» Illinois Prison Officials Accused of Abusing Transgender Inmate


* Scott Reeder: Understanding is what journalism should be about
* Counterpoint: His pick is bad news indeed for health care, women, consumers and unions
* Point: Kavanaugh is truly a 'judge's judge' and precisely what our nation needs
* Eugene Robinson: The 'deep state' stands between us and the abyss
* Marginal amounts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Moody's gives Illinois finances a 'stable' outlook
* Illinois Army National Guard soldiers return home
* Marginal amouts of legionella detected in Stratton Building
* Under the Dome Podcast: Gun bills, Quincy, Trump-Putin reaction
* Bernard Schoenburg: Bourne, Clark clash over missed votes


* 5 Questions with ... Lara Grobosky, event leader for Macon County's Relay for Life
* What you may have missed: Gun violence data, firearms bill, ospreys, National Guard, America in Bloom and ethanol
* Bloomington's Eagle Station post office moving back to Empire St.
* Cyclists honoring fallen officers stop in Twin Cities
* A place to play
* Love INC classes help build skills
* Decatur and Macon County neighbors: Obituaries published today
* Two shootings in Urbana leave man dead, teen in critical condition
* Fire calls
* Police report


* Chiefs Training Camp Capsule
* Vikings Training Camp Capsule
* Cardinals Training Camp Capsule
* Cowboys Training Camp Capsule
* AFC North Training Camp Capsules

* GOP Missions in Eastern Europe Were Paid f...
* QUICK TAKE: OCC Likes Passage of HR 5749
* RUSSIA REVERSALS FALL FLAT ON THE HILL -- ...
* The Districts Are Mostly White. The Candid...
* PCHS art students get a taste of possibili...
* Democrats hold party event Sunday
* Farm bill progress, trade moves and hot dogs
* Where 8 potential Dem leaders stand on ene...
* A good slogan for the wrong party
* Revealed: China's Stealth Lobbying to ...

* How area members of Congress voted on voti......
* Family reunifications: 450 down, roughly 1......
* Ballot security battle heats up already ho......
* In IL-6, Roskam and Casten clash over elec......
* GOP accuses Dems of stalling Kavanaugh aft......

* Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez B......
* How area members of Congress voted on voti......
* Will Route 66 become a National Historic T......
* Tammy Duckworth Wishes She Wasn'......
* Alton Fire Department awarded $227273 grant...

* A police killing and a school firing. Some Monday morning questions.
* Chance the rapper.
* An efiling nightmare -- but with a happy ending
* Snoop, the barber.
* Keeping retirement real. Regressive taxation and living in the city.
* A guaranteed basic income in Chicago...
* Prager U: War on boys
* Jeff Bezos Just Became The Richest Person Ever. Amazon Workers Just Marked #PrimeDay With Strikes Against Low Pay And Brutal Conditions.
* The Weekend Desk Report
* If wife outearns husband, she downplays it and he exaggerates!


* IDPH Investigation Continues As Foodborne Illnesses Increase
* Gov. Rauner signs HB 5611
* Summit for Success: IDOT providing tools, opportunity for disadvantaged businesses
* Illinois Payrolls Jump +18,100
* Liquor Control Commission Underage Compliance Report for Cook County

  
* How cryptography enables online shopping, cloud tech, and the blockchain
* 9 new trailers you should watch this week
* The value of superior UX? Priceless, but awfully hard to measure
* 5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly
* Oppo F9 will come with a Pro version, passes Bluetooth certification
* Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium hands-on review
* Special Deal: You can learn the 3 languages of C & jumpstart your career

* Under the Radar: Kyle Kubat
* Mariners Vs White Sox Preview: Starting Pitchers, Odds, Pred...
* LeBlanc, relievers shut down White Sox
* Shields outdueled in stellar night on mound
* Mariners beat White Sox, get back on winning track
* Mariners 3, White Sox 1: New half, same loss
* Mariners 3, White Sox 1: New half, same loss


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

Archives
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
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




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