Rauner issues order to make names of political hires public

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has issued an executive order requiring all of the state’s political hires to be posted online.

The Winnetka Republican signed the order Thursday.

He says the public has a right to know who’s getting the jobs, which are supposed to be limited only to positions in a governor’s inner circle.

A court ruling says all other jobs should be filled following rules that ensure positions are open to everyone and the most qualified candidate is hired.

Rauner says the order is a response to improper hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation under Democratic former Gov. Pat Quinn.

An investigation by the executive inspector general found the agency since 2003 hired more than 200 people to jobs without following proper state hiring rules.