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Documents Released in IDOT Hiring Lawsuit
The number of jobs that can be filled based on politics or loyalty at the Illinois Department of Transportation increased by 57 percent over the past 10 years. That's according to documents released by Gov. Pat Quinn's office.
The memo shows that in 2011, there were 369 jobs at IDOT that could be given without restriction to those with political connections--up from 234 in 2003.
The memos were sought by Chicago attorney Michael Shakman. He mentioned them in a lawsuit he filed this week, asking to investigate hiring during Quinn's tenure.
The Better Government Association reported last summer that IDOT skirted rules against political hiring in filling hundreds of positions.
Quinn's office says they offered the documents to Shakman this week, but he did not accept them.
Shakman claims the problem goes beyond documents.