ICYMI: Dem Lawmaker Questions Quinn’s Integrity

Illinois Radio Network is reporting that another high-profile Illinois Democrat is questioning Gov. Pat Quinn’s integrity – this time, State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) who took questions about the governor’s illegal hiring schemes:

“Many of these people were hired because of their political positions as county chairpeople and (who) also happen to support the governor,” says State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo), who makes it clear he’s no fan of Quinn.  “Certainly, people have the ability to practice politics, but they shouldn’t get the job based on their political position.”

 The Associated Press reported that 25 of 45 non-exempt hires at the Department of Transportation had connections that could be considered political: Four held jobs in Quinn’s office or worked for another Democrat before moving to IDOT; nine are relatives of officeholders, party officials, union representatives or others who are politically connected; seven are politically active, either as officeholders or party officials; three donated to campaign committees; and two served on campaign payrolls, including for legislators.

Franks says the way people vote and the way they donate their money should not be a factor one way or the other in getting the kinds of “non-exempt” jobs in the report.

Franks’ comments come just two days after Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) told NBC 5 Chicago that he is siding with the Illinois Auditor General and called on Quinn to answer questions about his role in an anti-violence political slush fund now under federal investigation.  Watch Sen. Durbin’s remarks here and read the excerpt below:

REPORTER: There are also questions about a taxpayer funded program that was announced more than three and a half years ago.

QUINN: We have to take on the root causes of violence.

REPORTER: This was the day back on October 6th, 2010, a month away from Governor Quinn’s election when he first unveiled the new Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.  It is now the subject of three investigations. A report from the Auditor General called the anti-violence program hastily organized and poorly executed.

DURBIN: Bill Holland, the Auditor General, is a man of integrity. He raises questions about how the money was appropriated and spent.  Those questions need to be answered.

REPORTER: Quinn has said he shut down the program once he learned of problems, but Republicans dispute his timeline. Even Democrat Durbin sided with the auditor general.

DURBIN: He is a straight shooter. When he raises those questions, they have to be answered.

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  1. Just examine these bloated Public Sector operations with 50% over staffing and compensation levels plus their millionaire “defined” Pension Plans and the corruption and irresponsible management of operations is clear. Take the Secretary of State operations Illinois has more offices than California which more than three times the population and land mass and is clearly not an example of a well run and management state itself. What we have is a totally corrupt state that is managed by criminals not unintentional incompetents. There is not a single person in these Public Sector operations today that should be employed moving forward and/or should ever receive more than $44K annually from the massive pension fraud scheme under ideal conditions.

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