A federal judge has ruled that a court-appointed monitor investigating patronage hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation can also review hiring at other state agencies.

The State Journal-Register reports Judge Sidney Schenkier ruled in favor of the IDOT case's plaintiffs, who wanted the authority of the special master expanded to include positions labeled as exempt at all state agencies, boards and commissions.

Anti-patronage activist Michael Shakman says the request stemmed from discoveries made by the special master as she investigated hiring at IDOT.

Illinois governor signs hiring bill for Veterans

Jul 10, 2012

The new Illinois law aims to make it easier for post 9/11 Veterans to land a job. The measure provides more tax breaks to companies who add these Veterans to their payroll.