Deerfield lawmaker rips Quinn for 'last-minute patronage'

  • Julie Morrison

    Julie Morrison

 
Associated Press
Updated 12/11/2014 8:04 PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Another fellow Democrat is blasting Gov. Pat Quinn for helping a former aide get a job at the agency that runs U.S. Cellular Field weeks before Quinn finishes his term.

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority board on Monday hired former Quinn campaign manager Lou Bertuca to lead the agency. Quinn's four board appointees voted yes, while Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's three appointees voted no.

 

State Sen. Julie Morrison of Deerfield said she'll introduce legislation in January to prevent future governors from making similar appointments within 60 days of leaving office.

Morrison said the $160,000-per-year job is one of the highest-paying in Illinois. She said "this kind of last-minute patronage" is embarrassing.

Emanuel also has criticized the appointment.

Board chairman Emil Jones Jr. called Bertuca a "smart, effective leader."

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