* I told subscribers weeks ago that Sports Facilities Authority board member Manny Sanchez was the problem behind the governor’s inability to name his own CEO. So, in classic old-school hardball style, Sanchez was just wacked…
In a stunning political maneuver, the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority elected former TV reporter and gubernatorial aide Kelly Kraft as its new CEO.
The vote came Thursday morning after board member Manny Sanchez, 64, was told he was being replaced because his term was up. Mr. Sanchez, a Chicago attorney, had indicated he was leaning toward voting for the candidate pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to lead the entity that runs U.S. Cellular Field.
Gov. Pat Quinn named Dr. Quentin Young, an 89-year-old physician and Civil Rights activist who once chaired the department of medicine at Cook County Hospital to the board.
Mr. Sanchez declined to comment. According to the board, the vote was 4-3 in favor of Ms. Kraft. The other candidate was Diana Ferguson, a former CFO for Chicago Public Schools who had previously worked at Sara Lee Corp.
The vote followed a contentious exchange between board chairman Emil Jones and appointees of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said Kraft was not as qualified as a candidate the board had interviewed earlier in the day. That candidate, Diana Ferguson, is a former CFO for Chicago Public Schools and Sara Lee Corp.
As we all well remember, Jones has lots of experience with this sort of thing. But I hope he doesn’t need anything out of the mayor any time soon.