Rauner seeks court guidance on what to do with illegally hired patronage workers in wake of special report
In the wake of a scathing report from a court-appointed “special master” empowered to investigate political hiring abuses under former Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other state officials and lawmakers, current Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked for the court’s guidance on whether those improperly hired, thanks to political connections, should now be able to use collective bargaining agreements to leverage the experience they gained in those positions to land in different positions or even move up in the state’s employment ranks.
A property owner believes the state has wrongfully used Springfield’s ongoing budget dispute to improperly withhold payment on land the Illinois Department of Transportation seized for work on Route 59 in DuPage County, so the land owner has filed a class action to force Illinois to pay up to all others who have allegedly been similarly wronged. Naper Corner, successor entity to North Star Trust, filed suit Dec. 28 in Cook County Circuit Court.
A federal judge has dealt another blow to the already tottering Illiana Expressway project, ruling the federal highway officials’ approval of documents supporting the proposed interstate highway project is not anchored strongly enough in actual population or construction forecasts to pass muster under federal law.
A trio of environmental groups has filed suit in U.S. district court asking a judge to vacate the Federal Highway Administration’s approval of documents supporting the proposed Illiana Tollway.