Ex-Quinn aide’s contract has extra protections

CHICAGO (AP) — A disputed state contract given to Gov. Pat Quinn’s former campaign manager has more job protections than a predecessor’s contract. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Lou Bertuca’s contract to run the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority guarantees he will be paid in full for the two-year position even if he is fired. It pays $160,000 annually. The contract requires a unanimous vote by the authority board to fire him. His predecessor’s contract required only a majority vote and would have paid only a two-month severance. Quinn’s office did not respond to a request for comment. The agency manages U.S. Cellular Field and floated bonds to renovate Soldier Field. Bertuca was appointed earlier this month in a divided vote. Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner says he hopes to reverse the hiring.