From my desk in beautiful Homer Glen, I read online the outrageous appointment of Careen Gordon to the Illinois Prisoner Review board. I don’t question her qualification at all. She may be the best person for the job. However the timing give the perception of a payoff. Lets be clear that an increase on corporate and personal tax is not wanted by any logical person. I look at the democrats in charge as logical, doing what benefits them, not the people. Gorden in the lame duck may have wanted to stand for the people, but an offer of $85,000 per year is hard to pass up. The way this was done stinks to high heaven. The Governor could have made the appointment before the vote or a few months after it, but his arrogance toward the people made him not care about the perception. He successfully put a black cloud over this appointment because of the way it was done.
During her final days in office, former state Rep. Careen Gordon scored a lucrative state job after casting an important vote that helped pass Gov. Pat Quinn’s controversial 67 percent income tax increase. Gordon, D-Morris, and a spokeswoman for the governor said there wasn’t any deal to trade Gordon’s vote for the $85,886-a-year seat on the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. “There was no quid pro quo,” Quinn spokeswoman Annie Thompson said Saturday. “Bottom line, she was appointed because of her extensive background in criminal justice. … She was just the ideal candidate.”
Gordon, who recently moved to Chicago, was an assistant state’s attorney in Will and Kankakee counties. In 2000, she also worked as an assistant attorney general under former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan. Gordon refused to answer questions about how she became a candidate for the board seat. But she denied using her vote on the tax increase bill as leverage for the job. “There was no deal. That’s untrue,” she said. “My background is a perfect match for someone on the Prisoner Review Board. I’m done talking about it. I’m done being called a liar.”
The tax increase, which Quinn signed into law last week, passed the House with 60 votes, the minimum needed for approval. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady said in a statement that he’s not buying Quinn’s claim that Gordon’s appointment came after the vote. “That’s like saying it was simply a coincidence that the governor vetoed McCormick Place reforms last year after getting a $75,000 donation from the Teamsters Union,” Brady said in the statement.