When Pat Quinn became governor after Rod Blagojevich's impeachment, he pledged that the "ordeal is over. ... We have a duty, a mission to restore the faith of the people of Illinois in the integrity of their government."
But far from restoring faith in government's integrity, his administration is setting new lows for the state and creating more cynicism. Turns out that Quinn, the guy who marketed himself as a good government reformer, is just another ethically challenged pol.
In fact, Quinn's administration has increased the hiring of political cronies at the Illinois Department of Transportation. It's the usual suspects: friends and relatives of people like metro-east politicians Sam Flood, Jay Hoffman and James Clayborne. The Inspector General just issued a scathing report because many of the political hires were later switched to jobs that should have been filled based on merit, not political clout.
Quinn is trying to deflect responsibility by announcing reforms, just as he did with the scandal-plagued Neighborhood Recovery Initiative in Chicago. IDOT laid off 58 workers the day before that report was released and new hiring controls were announced.
These problems happened on Quinn's watch and are his responsibility. The ordeal isn't over by any measure.