Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn Replaces IDOT Chief Who Resigned Amid Controversy

Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced Monday that Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren has been appointed to the post held by Ann Schneider since 2011.


Metra L

Metra Move Scutinized As Patronage Grab

Metra’s new chairman wants to give the commuter rail agency’s board the power to hire top employees, but some on its board see it as a patronage grab.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel

No Comment From Emanuel On Questions About Contracts

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not commenting directly on whether it is appropriate for faith-based groups that are backing of his education agenda to get millions of dollars worth of city contracts.

CBS Chicago–01/31/2012

Miguel Del Valle

Del Valle: Emanuel Benefited From Patronage System

Miguel Del Valle says the prison sentence given for former Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Al Sanchez brings to mind rival Rahm Emanuel’s connections to Chicago’s old patronage system.

CBS Chicago–02/04/2011

Cook County Seal

High Cost For Patronage At Forest Preserve

Political patronage will cost the Cook County Forest Preserve District more than half a million dollars.

CBS Chicago–12/16/2010

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Cook County Sheriff’s Office “Substantially” Free Of Patronage

The Cook County Sheriff’s office has become the first to be declared free, or mostly free, of political patronage that’s so tarnished Chicago government for decades.