There's a status hearing today in federal court in Chicago regarding a request to investigate hiring practices under Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. The hearing comes less than a week after attorney Michael Shakman filed the motion in an ongoing civil suit. Shakman spearheaded a decades-long court case leading to bans on political hiring. His filing related to Quinn cites a Better Government Association report that Illinois' Department of Transportation skirted rules against political hiring in filling hundreds of positions. In the wake of Shakman's motion, Quinn's office has said it has "zero tolerance" for violations of hiring procedures. A ruling on the motion is not expected today. Attorneys for the governor are likely to ask for more time to respond to the request for an investigation.
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