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The [Wednesday] Papers

"Longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan was a 'prominent participant' in patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years, recommending dozens of people for jobs, a new report has found," the Tribune reports.

"Madigan had the power to recommend individuals for positions at Metra but 'he in effect decided they were hired,' said the report written in part by former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

If only Fitzgerald had been tapped as special prosecutor in the Koschman case instead of Dan Webb.

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"While there is nothing inherently improper (much less illegal) about a person recommending someone else for a job or promotion, there is something systemically wrong when such references on behalf of politically connected individuals seem to dominate and control the process to the detriment of better qualified candidates," the report said.

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"In a section headed 'The Patronage Files,' the report said records uncovered at Metra reflected political hiring at the agency from 1983 to 1991. The records 'came to light' after the task force was appointed, the report said.

"Metra said Tuesday that one of its employees discovered the records in Metra's labor relations office and that the commuter rail agency quickly and voluntarily turned them over to Fitzgerald and the task force. The files included three boxes holding more than 800 three-by-five inch index cards relating to persons referred for jobs, promotions or raises by various public officials or persons influential with political parties."

At least the files hadn't been taken home.

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"Madigan's spokesman, Steve Brown, said Tuesday that the speaker had not yet read the task force's report."

He's waiting for Dan Rutherford to go first.

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"Brown, however, questioned how the group could have concluded that Madigan was involved in patronage activities based on documents 30 years old, which the task force members had not publicly discussed."

Um, because the documents said so?

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"Asked if Madigan ever referred people to Metra for hiring, Brown said he had 'no idea.'"

I'd name Steve Brown the Today's Worst Person In Illinois but he wins so often I think I'll just rename the honor The Steve Brown Worst Person Illinois Award.

The first recipient: Mike Madigan.

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"One candidate he recommended - and noted as a 'high priority' - was apparently considered even though his phone had been disconnected and Metra had to send a letter to his address asking him to contact the agency."

Congratulations, you've been selected! Please contact us immediately to collect your prize!

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"Madigan's spokesman dismissed the report as 'amateurish,'" AP reports.

Steve Brown just called Patrick Fitzgerald an amateur. Tell that to Al-Qaeda and the Gambino family.

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"[Brown] said the claims pertain to things that allegedly happened so long ago that Madigan couldn't be expected to recall if any were true."

Please. Madigan can recall the way every legislator voted on every arcane vote 30 years ago.

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"The records, fairly read, show that in some cases he did not recommend people to be hired - he in effect decided they were hired."

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Rich Miller and his band of apologists.

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Much of the material ends at 1991 because the boxes of evidence found that were kept by Metra stopped at that date.

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See also:
* The Speaker's Son.

* The University of Madigan.

* How Michael Madigan Stymied Post-Blago Reform.

* In Justice Deal, All Roads Lead To Madigan.

* The Madigan Rules.

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Remembering Frankie Knuckles
The Godfather Of House Created A Worldwide Phenomenon From The Desolate West Side.

MSNBC Is Worse Than Fox
The Agony of Repeat.

404 Day
A Day Of Action Against Censorship In Libraries.

Fantasy Fix: False Starts
It's not too early to start picking up Cubs.

The Chicago Cut Way
Steakhouse To Host Obama; Wants You To Know.

Illinois Declares April "Car Care Month"
Quinn Makes Declaration.

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BeachBook
* Contrary To Obama's Continual Assurances, NSA Performed Warrantless Searches On Americans' Calls And E-Mails.

* Judge Orders FBI To Conduct New Search For Aaron Swartz Documents.

* Students Protest Planned Closure Of Building Trades Program.

* The Drake Offers Amnesty To Guests Returning Stolen Items.

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Posted on April 2, 2014


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