Documents obtained by AP show that Patrick Ward was hired by Gov. Pat Quinn's administration for a $70,000 post that was redefined after he was interviewed. His supervisory position currently has no one to supervise because of vacancies.
Officials say Ward received no special treatment and that his background qualified him for the job. But they exempted the post from normal hiring rules so he didn't have to compete against other candidates.
Madigan previously had sought a pay raise for Ward when he worked at Metra. The agency's former CEO said he was fired after resisting Madigan's request.