Anyone will be able to look up the names of political appointees to state jobs under an executive order Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Thursday, Jan. 15.
By law, the vast majority of state employees are to be hired based on merit, not their political affiliation. Higher-level jobs are the exception. A governor gets to choose whoever he wants to be in his inner circle, and in policy-driven jobs. Rauner's executive order requires the names of these political hires to be published on a state website.
House Speaker Michael Madigan is stressing the importance of bipartisanship as Illinois enters its first divided government in more than a decade.
Madigan was again selected House speaker by the 99th General Assembly in a vote along party lines Wednesday. The Chicago Democrat is the country's longest serving House speaker. He's served all but two years in the role since 1983.
Illinois' new Republican governor says he held a ``very productive'' Tuesday afternoon meeting with state legislative leaders.
Bruce Rauner met with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, and Republican House Leader Jim Durkin and Senate Leader Christine Radogno in his office shortly before issuing an executive order on ethical practices for state employees.
Rauner says the leaders discussed their various communication styles as Illinois enters its first divided government in more than a decade.
State employees will have to be more forthcoming about their volunteer work, legal status and property holdings under an executive order Gov. Bruce Rauner signed this afternoon. At the same time, the new governor was unwilling to specify what more he'll disclose about his finances.