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Rauner wants state jobs review, just not federal court's

Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged Monday to continue rooting out improper patronage hiring at the same time his lawyers were attempting to block a federal court monitor's expanded review of all state administration jobs.

The Republican again trumpeted getting rid of the clout-packed "staff assistant" position at the Illinois Department of Transportation — the remaining 29 were fired last week — as a "small step in the right direction."

Yet, Rauner says a review of all state positions by a special master — appointed in 2014 to investigate the scandal, in which the staff assistant posts were improperly handed out as political favors — is...

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