Hiring Regulator Questioned Need For Exemption
SPRINGFIELD, IL - The Associated Press has learned Illinois' top civil service regulator was concerned about a hiring exemption for a state job after House Speaker Michael Madigan referred a candidate.
Civil Service Commission director Dan Stralka told Gov. Pat Quinn's personnel agency in March that a job officials were re-crafting for Patrick Ward was too similar to the division boss' duties.
Stralka sent emails saying he didn't see why Ward's job needed an exemption from rules governing politics in hiring. The agency said it would change the boss's job description but hasn't yet.
Exemptions are normally sought for employees who need to be trusted on confidential matters.
Madigan recommended Ward for the job after unsuccessfully backing a raise for him in his previous job at Chicago's Metra transit agency.