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Patronage Hiring

Gov. Pat Quinn (Credit: CBS)

Shakman: Quinn Claim On Hiring A ‘Straw Man’

Gov. Pat Quinn has asked a judge to reject anti-patronage attorney Michael Shakman’s request for a federal hiring monitor, arguing the action would be detrimental to state officials’ duties. Shakman said that was a “straw man” argument.

07/09/2014

Cook County government seal (CBS)

BGA Sues Cook County To Release “Clout Logs”

A government watchdog group has filed a lawsuit against Cook County, to get access to records about potential patronage in county hiring.

07/03/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner gives the thumbs-up after casting his ballot in the Illinois primary election on March 18, 2014 in Winnetka.  (Credit: Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Rauner Pounces On IDOT Patronage Hiring Allegations To Attack Quinn

Questions about alleged patronage hiring violations at the Illinois Department of Transportation have become a flashpoint in the race for governor.

04/25/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn and Democratic challenger Bill Daley (Credit: CBS)

Daley Slams Quinn’s CTA Board Pick, Won’t Discuss Daley Family Patronage

Democratic candidate for governor Bill Daley continued his attack on incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn to rescind his controversial pick for the CTA board, but ducked questions about patronage hiring under his brother and father, both former mayors.

08/08/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford testifies before the RTA Board about political patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Credit: CBS)

Metra Wants Former Federal Prosecutor To Probe Clifford’s Patronage Claims

Metra has asked former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins to conduct an independent investigation of former CEO Alex Clifford’s patronage hiring allegations.

07/19/2013

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford testifies before the RTA Board about political patronage allegations involving House Speaker Michael Madigan. (Credit: CBS)

Former Metra CEO Calls Madigan’s Requests ‘Moral Character Flaw’

Former Metra CEO Alex Clifford said Wednesday he does not believe House Speaker Michael Madigan broke any laws by requesting a pay raise for a political supporter, but believes it was “an ethical and moral character flaw.”

07/17/2013

Joseph Berrios

Berrios Accused Of Breaking Patronage Rules

The recently-elected new Cook County assessor is being accused of breaking the rules on patronage hiring.

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