Report: Ill. Prison Hire Had Clout, Not Experience

An investigation has found that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s prisons department violated policy when it hired an administrator with political clout but who didn’t meet job qualifications.

The Illinois Executive Ethics Commission report Wednesday indicated the man had experience teaching theater, running a movie store and managing the political office for his father’s campaign.  His name was redacted.

The Corrections Department job requires specialized knowledge of penal administration, criminology and the behavior of incarcerated people.

The report says Corrections Director S.A. “Tony” Godinez and his top assistant Jerry Buscher were responsible for hiring the man in late 2011.

One of Quinn’s lawyers responded to the report saying a review showed the employee “has achieved the requisite” experience for the job. (AP)

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