* So, when Gov. Rauner announced today that he had abolished the staff assistant position at the Illinois Department of Transportation when it was actually abolished in April via an agreement with the Teamsters, was he trying to tamp down coverage of this?…
Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged Monday to continue rooting out improper patronage hiring at the same time his lawyers were attempting to block a federal court monitor’s expanded review of all state administration jobs. […]
Yet, Rauner says a review of all state positions by a special master — appointed in 2014 to investigate the scandal, in which the staff assistant posts were improperly handed out as political favors — is premature, too costly and duplicative of the work it wants the Office of the Executive Inspector General to do. […]
In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, Rauner’s administration argues that the state has already paid $800,000 to the special master; expanding her workload would come at a much steeper cost. It also outlines a newly created Hiring and Employment Monitoring unit under the executive inspector general. […]
The Rauner administration countered Monday that a statewide special master expansion is premature, would unnecessarily complicate the government’s attempts to reform hiring, would cost the cash-strapped state too much and duplicate the work of the newly established Hiring and Employment Monitoring unit.
Kudos to the AP.