Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
Layoffs Raise New Issues in State Hiring Dispute
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The unexpected firing of 58 state workers whose jobs were improperly filled with politic considerations probably won't end the controversy for Gov. Pat Quinn.
His aides announced the firings last week ahead of a report saying more than 250 people had been improperly hired at the Department of Transportation over the last decade.
Agency officials said previously that they'd avoid dismissing any of the 250 workers because it could lead to expensive lawsuits.
Carl Draper is a Springfield lawyer who won a multimillion-dollar settlement against IDOT for political firings in 2003. He says there are similarities between the state's justifications for that case and this one.
Agency spokesman Guy Tridgell (TRIH'-jil) says officials determined it'd be better to eliminate the positions than create new jobs covered by appropriate hiring rules.
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