Republicans are criticizing Governor Pat Quinn over hiring troubles at his Transportation Department, where the Democrat replaced the agency's leader. Quinn's GOP election challenger, Bruce Rauner, says that the governor "commands a culture of patronage, corruption and cronyism." Quinn's office announced Monday that Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider will step down next week to be replaced by Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren. There was no word on why Schneider is leaving. News reports and a federal lawsuit have questioned agency hiring which put politically connected people into jobs that should be been protected from political considerations. Representative Ron Sandack of Downers Grove is the ranking Republican on a House transportation committee. He says the hiring scandal tarnishes Quinn's image as a reformer, and Schneider's ouster was inevitable.
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