Gov. Pat Quinn says he didn’t request a change in leadership at the Illinois Department of Transportation. He did accept the resignation of IDOT secretary Ann Schneider Monday, and is appointing the current director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Erica Borggren, to take her place. Schneider had been the target of patronage accusations over her stepdaughter being hired and later promoted by IDOT.
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Quinn wouldn’t say that controversy was behind Schneider’s resignation. “I read that in the paper,” Quinn said. “I wasn’t happy to read it, and, ah, things happen. And I wanted to make sure that when I read about that, it was looked into, and we’ve acted accordingly.” Quinn’s Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner, isn’t satisfied with Schneider’s departure. In a statement, he said the change doesn’t affect the “culture of patronage, corruption, and cronyism” that Rauner claims has taken root under Quinn.
Borggren, who does not have transportation experience, will begin transitioning into her new role immediately, according to the governor’s office. Her appointment will still have to be approved by the state Senate.
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