Attorney Michael Shakman, whose name is on the anti-patronage court rulings that govern hiring in Chicago and Cook County, wants a federal judge to investigate hiring under Governor Quinn. Shakman says Quinn has stacked the Illinois Department of Transportation with political appointees in violation of hiring rules.
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Shakman points to a Better Government Association study that found 200 positions in IDOT were filled based on political considerations rather than qualifications. An IDOT spokesman says the agency has already launched its own investigation of the hirings in question.