Scaled-down Madigan firings bill overwhelmingly approved by House
The Illinois House voted today without dissent to "fumigate" about 750 state employees and board members from the payroll.
The 116-0 vote now sends the bill to the Senate for approval. If they go along, the bill will go to Gov. Pat Quinn.
The legislation is a scaled-back version of a bill initially proposed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, two weeks ago. That bill would have purged about 3,000 people brought into state government during the administrations of former governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich.
Madigan said that version of his bill could have led to costly lawsuits. The new version applies to political appointees who are not protected by the Rutan anti-patronage court decision or the state personnel code. If the bill becomes law, Quinn has 90 days to review the job performance of those 750 people and decide if they should be kept in their positions.
"I advised Gov. Quinn to be about the business of changing government," Madigan said of his decision to introduce the bill. "I grew impatient at the pace of change."
State Capitol Bureau