Former top Illinois DOT director abused power, report charges
Tina Grady Barbaccia | May 10, 2012
Michael Stout, former director of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety, used his position to obtain passes to NASCAR events at Chicagoland Speedway, misappropriated state property and lied to investigators looking into his conduct, a May 9 report from the Illinois Office of the Executive Inspector General charged, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Inspector General report says Stout engaged “in behavior that could undermine citizens’ confidence in state government.” Stout, who is 58 years old, quit is $108,288-per-year job in December 2011, where he had worked since February 2003.
The inspector general’s office recommended disciplinary action against Stout last year for failing to disclose his secondary employment, misusing his state vehicle and e-mail account, and billing the state for almost 100 hours of work the office found he didn’t actually do, the Chicago Sun-Times report.
MORE FROM eRoadPro Newsletter
- VIDEO: Watch these crews slide a half-mile, 30 million-pound bridge into place over the Ohio River619 Views
- 5 Options for Avoiding Highway Trust Fund Insolvency548 Views
- Foxx: Insolvent transportation system could cost 700k jobs395 Views
- What the latest Obamacare update means for your business365 Views
- U.S. DOT predicts August shortfall in latest Highway Trust Fund Ticker update336 Views