Illinois hiring freeze began month before Rauner took office
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's state-government hiring freeze apparently began the month before he took office, under his predecessor Democrat Pat Quinn.
The Springfield Bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1yIR5UK ) that in December, the state hired only 75 new employees. That's according to records compiled by the Illinois comptroller. The number is down from an average of 440 a month in the previous five months.
Quinn was responsible for only 17 of the hires. The other 58 were hired by agencies the governor's office doesn't control.
Rauner ordered a hiring freeze the day he took office - Jan. 12.
Republican lawmakers are more concerned that Quinn loyalists already in state jobs were reclassified or transferred to positions where it is harder to remove them under the law.
Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com