UPDATE: Shakeup at IDOT? Resignation, personnel escorted out being reportedPosted by Jack Howser on Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 @ 7:12 pm.
CARBONDALE—It’s being reported to Disclosure that the Carbondale office of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has experienced a shakeup since about Monday of this week (01.24.11).
The intelligence we’ve been able to gather so far is that local IDOT engineer Danny Clayton was reportedly escorted from the IDOT office yesterday. Escorting him was someone from the Illinois Attorney General’s office, according to two sources so far.
However, this evening one source has said that former Congressman David Phelps, of Eldorado, who was able to get himself an Assistant Secretary job at IDOT after he lost his bid to keep his congressional seat a decade ago, has resigned.
This hasn’t been confirmed by IDOT or any other official source; however, we’re looking into it. Any input is welcome; post away.
The MSM spin machine is in full ass-kissing mode today, reporting that Phelps is still on and has not resigned. In true politico form, however, Phelps is taking up for Clayton, who was indeed ordered to leave the facility and his job. There’s no reason for Clayton’s departure—yet—and Phelps is also defending his own position at IDOT….which means that whatever got Clayton nailed will probably get Phelps nailed pretty shortly anyway.
We are hearing that it has to do with Governor Pat Quinn’s pledge to purge the state of Blagojevich appointees, one of which Phelps was. People like Phelps and Clayton, we’re being told, were nothing more than perpetual teat-suckers who used political clout to stay on the public teat depending upon which political party was in power. Quinn is trying to get rid of the Blago hangers-on….not like they’re any different than Quinn hangers-on, but whatever…and Clayton’s ouster might or might not have been a casualty of this ‘purging.’ Quinn should follow suit with Phelps, but then, maybe he’s planning something splashier for the professional politician than being escorted out of the IDOT office….keep checking back….
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