Preckwinkle still hasn't said who recommended that she appoint John Bills, a longtime political worker for House Speaker Michael Madigan, to the part-time post at the Cook County Employee Appeals Board, a panel known as a haven for those with political clout. It pays nearly $35,000 annually plus health benefits.
Bills, who until last year oversaw the city's controversial red-light camera program, is now at the center of an investigation into his relationship with the city's red-light vendor, Redflex Traffic Systems Inc.
The Tribune disclosed the questions about Bills in stories earlier this week. Preckwinkle appointed him last December, months after he left the city job, the Tribune reported in today's newspaper.
Preckwinkle spokeswoman Kristen Mack said today that after the Tribune asked Preckwinkle about the appointment, the county board president called Bills last night and asked him to resign by Friday.