IDOT chief resigns after patronage questions raised
BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporter June 30, 2014 9:51PM
Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider at signing into law the next phase of the Illinois Jobs Now! Capital plan. The event was held at a future highway/rail project in Bellwood Tuesday, July 10, 2012. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times
Updated: July 1, 2014 2:14AM
The head of the Illinois Department of Transportation resigned Monday following questions about patronage hiring at the agency.
Ann Schneider’s resignation comes after longtime anti-patronage crusader Michael Shakman called for a federal judge to order an investigation into government hiring following a Better Government Association investigation that revealed Schneider’s stepdaughter had been put on the payroll and promoted at the agency.
Schneider was appointed by Quinn in 2011 to head up IDOT. The resignation could lessen a political headache for Gov. Pat Quinn during an election year.
In a news release touting her replacement with Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren, Quinn devoted one line to the outgoing department head: “I also thank Ann Schneider for her years of hard work and dedication and wish her well.”
Quinn spokesman Dave Blanchette said Schneider offered her resignation Monday and Quinn accepted it. Blanchette would not offer an explanation about why she resigned.
Her resignation will be effective next week, Blanchette said.