Hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation will be soon be overseen by a federal monitor. A judge in Chicago Wednesday granted the request from a lawsuit by anti-patronage crusader Michael Shakman stemming from reports of improper political hiring at IDOT. Attorneys for the governor’s office had argued a monitor would be unnecessary, but Paul Vallas, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, won’t back up that argument now that a decision has been made.
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“No, I’m not offering an opinion,” Vallas said. “The governor is going to solve the problem with or without the monitor, but if the court believes a monitor will reinforce, then so be it. … The governor’s going to support that.” Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner had promised to allow a federal monitor into IDOT if he’s elected, and has attacked Gov. Pat Quinn on the hiring issues. In a statement, Rauner said “Pat Quinn is a phony reformer and a federal judge just confirmed it.”