Patrick Ward http://wuis.org en State Defends Hiring After Madigan Referral http://wuis.org/post/state-defends-hiring-after-madigan-referral <p>Gov. Pat Quinn&#39;s administration says there should be no doubt about the qualifications of a former Metra transit employee hired by the state after a referral by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. &nbsp;<br />Central Management Services spokesman Mike Claffey&nbsp; says Patrick Ward worked for 25 years in Chicago&#39;s personnel department and has a master&#39;s degree with an emphasis in labor relations. &nbsp; Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:48:20 +0000 Associated Press 11065 at http://wuis.org State Defends Hiring After Madigan Referral