Last summer, a former Metra executive claimed he was fired after resisting a recommendation by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to hike the pay of a Metra employee Patrick Ward.

Now, after being recommended by Madigan again, Governor Quinn gave Ward a state supervisor’s job that was crafted only after he interviewed for it, resembles the duties of his boss, and currently has no one to supervise.

Ward now has his raise — his current $70,000 salary is 23 percent more than he made at Metra.

Ward has contributed nearly $12,000 to either Madigan’s 13th Ward Democratic Organization or to his daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Brazen even by Madigan’s standards and stupid even by Quinn’s. This will be big.