Gov. Pat Quinn leaves office in a few days, but a contract he arranged for a crony will live on.
The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, a publicly supported Chicago-state agency that owns the White Sox stadium, recently hired Quinn’s campaign manager Lou Bertuca as its new director. The 30-year-old Bertuca has no experience in professional sports, but no problem. With Quinn what matters is who you know.
Quinn’s four appointees on the seven-person board supported Beruca’s hiring; the three board members appointed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel voted no.
Not only is Bertuca getting a $160,000-a year-gig, he is receiving a virtually iron-clad two-year contract. It would take a unanimous vote of the board to fire him. And if he were fired, the contract stipulates that he would be paid for the entire contract amount.
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Those two extraordinary provisions benefit only Bertuca, and not the public. His predecessor could have been fired with a majority vote, and he would have gotten just two months severance.
If this is Bertuca’s reward for managing a losing campaign, what in the world would he have gotten if Quinn had won re-election?