Lawyers arguing against IDOT layoffs

SPRINGFIELD - Fifty-five Illinois Department of Transportation workers were laid off last week, and now lawyers representing those workers say those employees should still be able to work for the agency.

The layoffs came after a state inspector general's report criticism of their positions.  The positions are also at the center of a federal lawsuit alleging illegal hiring at IDOT.

The federal lawsuit is seeking an investigation into IDOT, as well as an independent monitor that would oversee employment practices at the agency.

According to IDOT officials, the lay offs were designed to boost accountability.  However, the inspector general released a report on Friday.  The report found that anti-patronage rules in hiring were ignored.

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