Ann Schneider en AP: Quinn Halts Political Hiring <p>Gov. Pat Quinn has ordered a moratorium on political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation and is requiring executive-level staff in every state agency to undergo training about proper hiring practices. &nbsp;</p><p>The Chicago Democrat's actions come amid questions about whether state jobs were improperly filled based on clout rather than qualifications. &nbsp;</p><p>The Associated Press obtained copies of memos sent Thursday by Quinn's attorney to IDOT leadership and the heads of all agencies, boards and commissions. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:01:03 +0000 Associated Press 28590 at AP: Quinn Halts Political Hiring Raising Gax Tax "Unwise," Says Quinn, But Offers No Other Ideas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois will invest another eight point six billion dollars into roads, bridges and other projects. It's the latest installment of a major infrastructure plan lawmakers passed in 2010. Now, Governor Pat Quinn is calling for a new one. But he's not saying where the money should come from.</p><p>The 2010 infrastructure program - known as Illinois Jobs Now! - has funded thousands of miles of road repairs so far -- paid for by higher taxes on alcohol, candy and soft drinks; a higher license plate fee; and revenue from video poker.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:38:33 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22673 at Raising Gax Tax "Unwise," Says Quinn, But Offers No Other Ideas Another Cold Night Ahead; Motorists Advised To Stay Home <p>The snowstorm that dumped several inches on Illinois has moved out of the state.&nbsp; But high winds and extremely cold temperatures make for another night of dangerous conditions.&nbsp;&nbsp; Interstates have slick spots from where blowing snow has covered the road.&nbsp; Many secondary roads are in much worse shape. &nbsp;<br />Ann Schneider, Illinois' Transportation Secretary, says her agency has been advising the public to avoid driving...<br /> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 20:21:36 +0000 Sean Crawford 16389 at Another Cold Night Ahead; Motorists Advised To Stay Home Quinn Appoints Panel To Investigate Metra <p>Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed a 15-member independent panel including former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to investigate fraud and overhaul Chicago-area public transportation. &nbsp;<br>The move follows allegations of political hiring at Metra and calls for change at its overseeing board, the Regional Transportation Authority. &nbsp;<br>The Chicago Democrat issued an executive order Thursday creating the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force. Quinn previewed the idea last week. &nbsp; Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:26:46 +0000 Sean Crawford 7345 at Quinn Appoints Panel To Investigate Metra