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Quinn: Agencies must follow hiring rules 

Pat QuinnSPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says it was up to his transportation secretary to follow employment rules even when hiring candidates the governor’s office favored.

The Chicago Democrat said Tuesday his cabinet members “have a duty to make sure that they comply with the rules that I’ve set down” and are accountable for that.

Quinn was responding to questions in Chicago about an investigative report released Friday by the Office of the Executive Inspector General. It says the Illinois Department of Transportation circumvented rules to keep political clout out of job decisions and hired 250 people improperly in the past decade.

Former Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider responded to the report saying the “vast majority” of hires were candidates recommended by Quinn’s office. She felt pressured to employ them. Schneider resigned in June.

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