There are new questions about hiring practices at the Illinois Department of Transportation… and this time, they center on the stepdaughter of IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider.
An investigation by 970 WMAY’s watchdog partner, the Better Government Association, finds that Schneider’s stepdaughter Ashley Carpenter was hired as a part-time clerical secretary in 2006.
A year later, Carpenter was promoted to a full-time “staff assistant” position with job duties that included “development and coordination of policy.”
That allowed the agency to get around rules banning political hiring.
Schneider declined to answer questions, but an IDOT spokesman says the secretary did not play any role in Carpenter’s hiring or promotion.