Court monitor's report suggests IDOT review hiring rules

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SPRINGFIELD - A report from a federal court-appointed monitor is suggesting that the Illinois Department of Transportation should make changes to its hiring processes.

The report is part of a lawsuit filed against IDOT by Michael Shakman.  Shakman says the lawsuit targets the improper hiring of politically connected candidates.

The report suggests that the department should write more accurate job descriptions, and should clearly state that each position is to be filled without political considerations.  The report also says that IDOT officials should freeze hiring into union-protected political posts, as union affiliation complicates firing.  However, the report found that officials are objecting to the hiring freeze due to the need to hire department staffers.
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