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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • David Phelps fires at 'anonymous allegations' in report

  • The former assistant secretary at the Illinois Department of Transportation says a report on improper hiring at the agency mischaracterizes what he told investigators.
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  • The former assistant secretary at the Illinois Department of Transportation says a report on improper hiring at the agency mischaracterizes what he told investigators.
    Former congressman David Phelps of Eldorado disputed a report released Monday by the Office of the Executive Inspector General. The report said Phelps did "little work" and mostly engaged in "misconduct and abuse." Phelps says he told investigators he answered requests for information from job-seekers but did nothing improper.
    Witnesses whose names are redacted in the report say Phelps told IDOT interviewers what candidates he favored.
    The report recommended Phelps be discharged. He retired shortly after that — in February 2011 — but says retirement was in the works long before.
    Phelps says he had no chance to rebut the allegations.
    Online:
    Inspector General's report: http://tinyurl.com/cr4yodu
    Clayton disciplinary report: http://1.usa.gov/16Z4fyn
    Nelson disciplinary report: http://1.usa.gov/16Z4xoM
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