Report: Insiders on education payroll weeks after Blagojevich takeover: "Political insiders close to Governor Rod Blagojevich are showing up on the State Board of Education payroll just weeks after his takeover of the agency.
The Chicago Tribune reports in its Sunday editions that the new hires include a 24-year-old interim chief of staff who drove the media van for the governor's tour of rural Illinois last year. Also on the payroll is a budget chief who worked on the governor's 2002 campaign.
Blagojevich recently replaced seven of the board's nine members. New Superintendent Ralph Dunn says top aides to the governor arranged meetings between him and potential new agency staff members a week before he was hired.
Dunn says he needed the new employees so he could hit the ground running at the agency."
-- Nothing to see here, move along.