Gov. Rauner cuts IDOT patronage jobs

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CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner has eliminated state transportation department jobs he says were nothing more than patronage positions.

On Sept. 1,  Rauner sent layoff notices to 29 staff assistants at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The governor announced Monday he is abolishing those positions.

Investigators previously found they were hired based on clout instead of merit.

A 1990 U.S. Supreme Court ruling bans most political hiring in state government.

Hundreds of people were hired into the IDOT posts under governors Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn.