Illinois Tollway Authority top exec steps down

Oops…they did it again!

In arguably the biggest scandal since Illinois’ last governor, Republican George Ryan, went to jail for his “Licenses for Bribes” scandal, the federal corruption charges against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich saga continues.

Blago’s $1.8 billion “Tomorrow’s Transportation Today” tollway project is already under scrutiny as a “pay to play” deal  (an FBI recording revealed that just days before the governor announced the tollway construction program, he tipped a fundraiser to the plan and said he expected a major highway contractor to raise $500,000 for his campaign fund in exchange for state money for the tollway project).

Now, Tollway Executive Director Jeff Dailey has resigned from his post after just four weeks on the job.

Dailey hadn’t been accused of any wrongdoing at the time of this blog post, but check back here. We’ll keep you updated.

Here’s what the Illinois Tollway Authority is saying about Dailey’s resignation:

“Executive Director Jeffrey S. Dailey today [Dec. 17] submitted a letter of resignation to the chairman of the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors, effective immediately,” the tollway statement reads. “Dailey expresses disappointment in leaving the Tollway, but cites a desire to pursue other engineering and transportation planning opportunities. Upon acceptance of Dailey’s resignation the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors will appoint an acting executive director and begin a search for a new executive director.”