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Georgia Brahos: What is Blago’s Clout Still Doing in Alexi Giannoulias’ Office?

John Bambenek 23 June 2010 No Comment

Right now the State of Illinois and the nation at large are watching the brazen corruption of former Governor Rod Blagojevich on full display as his federal trial winds on. It’s a case that implicates several high-level officials in both parties and scores of connected contractors, lobbyists and insiders.

Blagojevich was indicted for selling almost everything that wasn’t nailed down. Want a board appointment to a posh state commission? That’ll be $25,000 in campaign cash. Want a lucrative state contract? Give us some money.

The one thing that stands out as the trial goes on, is that while those who were selling state jobs, board appointments and contracts are being brought to justice, why aren’t the people who were buying favors being tried to?

Case in point, meet Georgia Brahos. She served a brief stint as the HR director for the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Despite having no HR background or education, she was referred to the position by Blagojevich’s Governor’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (GOIA). That body served as the brain center for Blagojevich’s clout operations.

In fact, Georgia appears to have gotten to the head of the line because she was a donor to Alderman Richard Mell, Rod Blagojevich’s father-in-law. Her donations to Mell stopped about the same time subpoenas were issued about the clout scandal at IDES.

At first, the head of IDES not only had concerns that Georgia had no real HR background, but the director did not even know Georgia was interviewing for HR director until she said so in the job interview. She got the job anyway. She served from Feb. 24, 2003 to June 15, 2003. She was let go for being grossly unqualified.

However, in her short time, she hired several people on who greased the skids for Blagojevich’s clout operation. You can read the full details about the IDEA clout operation in this Inspector General report that was made public during Blagojevich’s impeachment last year. In short, her successor who was qualified for HR was let go because he didn’t cooperate with the clout for jobs program.

Among other things, they openly subverted the absolute preference for hiring qualified veterans for state jobs, they directed applicants to falsify job applications so they could be hired and falsified positions so clouted applicatants could advance to the head of the line.

As a result of the Inspect General investigation, almost everyone was fired who participated in this scandal. Georgia Brahos was already fired so she got off. Her records and that operation she started in IDEA was one of the first targets of federal subpoenas into Blagojevich’s corruption.

Where is she now? She’s an e-Pay coordinator in Alexi Giannoulias’ Office of the Treasurer. She left under a cloud from IDES, was investigated by the Inspector General and was a target of federal subpoenas. All of this is public.

So why is she being sheltered and provided with a lucrative state job in the Office of Treasurer? Why would someone who aspired to the office of United States Senator protect someone who actively sought to undermine job opportunities to veterans? Because Alexi is part of the same corrupt political system that spawned Rod Blagojevich.

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