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Lawsuit against Quinn back in court in October

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  • In this July 22, 2014, photo in Chicago, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, surrounded by workers, speaks during a bill signing ceremony. The candidates for Illinois governor have ridiculed each other's plans for the state budget in recent weeks, with Republican Bruce Rauner accusing Gov. Quinn of leading a "tax-happy, fee-happy state," and the Chicago Democrat countering that Rauner's plan to cut taxes is a dishonest, "flim flam approach" that will leave an $8.5 billion budget hole. But a closer look at the state's books and the two candidates' plans shows both sides are playing a little fast and loose with the numbers.

      In this July 22, 2014, photo in Chicago, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, surrounded by workers, speaks during a bill signing ceremony. The candidates for Illinois governor have ridiculed each other's plans for the state budget in recent weeks, with Republican Bruce Rauner accusing Gov. Quinn of leading a "tax-happy, fee-happy state," and the Chicago Democrat countering that Rauner's plan to cut taxes is a dishonest, "flim flam approach" that will leave an $8.5 billion budget hole. But a closer look at the state's books and the two candidates' plans shows both sides are playing a little fast and loose with the numbers.

  • Gov. Pat Quinn, surrounded by workers during a bill-signing ceremony last week. An anti-patronage attorney wants a federal investigation of hiring in the Illinois Department of Transportation during Quinn's administration.

      Gov. Pat Quinn, surrounded by workers during a bill-signing ceremony last week. An anti-patronage attorney wants a federal investigation of hiring in the Illinois Department of Transportation during Quinn's administration.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

A legal battle between an anti-patronage lawyer and Gov. Pat Quinn's administration will return to federal court less than two weeks before voters will decide if they want to re-elect the Chicago Democrat.

Anti-patronage attorney Michael Shakman has -- as part of a lawsuit -- requested an investigation of hiring in Quinn's Department of Transportation and a monitor to ensure the administration complies with bans on political hiring for nonpolitical jobs. Quinn's attorneys argue the judge should reject the request because it would be detrimental to state officials' duties of hiring workers.

During a brief hearing on Tuesday, Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier gave attorneys time to file motions and told them to return to court Oct. 22.

Quinn is facing Republican challenger Bruce Rauner in the Nov. 4 election.

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