Gov. Rauner Eliminates Blagojevich’s “ePar” Hiring System

(AP) Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has eliminated the need for the chief executive to approve non-political state government hires. Rauner signed an executive order Thursday rescinding another signed by former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich more than 12 years ago. Blagojevich’s took office amid a budget crisis and implemented a “hiring freeze.” He ordered that his office approve all hires through a form called ePAR, for “electronic personnel action request.” It led to patronage abuses. Blagojevich was eventually convicted on corruption charges and is in federal prison.