Anti-patronage lawyer says Quinn administration should face federal scrutiny

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CHICAGO - In a federal-court filing on Tuesday, anti-patronage lawyer Michael Shakman said Governor Pat Quinn's administration should face federal scrutiny to ensure that it complies with rules barring political hiring for non-political jobs.

Shakman's request is a response to Quinn's own recent filing in the civil case.  According to Quinn, granting Shakman's request for a monitor to oversee hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation would be disruptive and undermines gubernatorial authority.

In his 20-page filing, Shakman calls that a "straw man" argument, and argues the "role of the monitor is not to dictate, but to investigate, observe, and report on" improper hiring.

Shakman also authored a 1972 court decree prohibiting political hiring in Cook County government, and in April 2014, he put the spotlight on Quinn by saying IDOT hiring violated those and other rules.

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