Inside Blago's Jobs Machine: A special report
Even though Rod Blagojevich imposed a hiring freeze immediately after taking office, that didn't mean those with clout weren't able to place favored applicants into state jobs.
Blagojevich's office maintained a secret jobs database that I acquired. It offered an unprecedented glimpse into how favored applicants pushed by top state lawmakers, campaign donors and even the owner of a Chicago strip club were placed by Blagojevich's administration into jobs where politics wasn't suppose to be a factor.
Inside Blago's Jobs Machine: A Special Report (10/16/2009)
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