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Rauner’s Friday afternoon appointments

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Rep. Rich Brauer is moving to IDOT…

Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has selected a new Assistant Secretary for the Illinois Department of Transportation and filled openings on the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Name: Rich Brauer
Position: Assistant Secretary – Illinois Department of Transportation

Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Rep. Rich Brauer to serve as the Assistant Secretary at the Illinois Department of Transportation. Brauer has served on transportation committees, and as a downstate resident, he will be a strong advocate for the region on transportation issues.

For the past 13 years, Brauer worked for the people of Illinois in the General Assembly as a state representative. His committee assignments included Transportation, Regulation, Roads; Transportation: Vehicles & Safety; Tourism & Conventions; and Appropriations, among others.

Brauer also spent much of his career in the agricultural industry as the owner of OASIS Farms, a farrow-to-finish operation. As the owner he oversaw the creation of new facilities and managed employees. He is a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau. Brauer is also the past president of the Illinois Pork Producers and served on the Board of Directors of the National Pork Producers.

Brauer attended Southern Illinois University and Western Illinois University.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

Name: Joann Fratianni-Atsaves
Position: Chairman – Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Joann Fratianni-Atsaves as the chairman of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC). She has 34 years of experience in workers’ compensation law and is currently an arbitrator on the IWCC.

Fratianni-Atsaves has worked for the IWCC for the past 27 years. She began her career as an arbitrator in 1987 and was appointed to be a commissioner from 1990 to 1993. She continued her work as an arbitrator after her term as a commissioner was complete. She currently hears workers’ compensation matters by trial or settlement, and renders written decisions and approves settlement contracts.

Prior to her work for the IWCC, Fratianni-Atsaves worked in private practice at the law offices of Anthony V. Fanone where she handled insurance defense litigation for workers’ compensation matters, often trying cases within the IWCC. She began her legal career at Osterkamp, Jackson & Hollywood.

Fratianni-Atsaves is a graduate of the University of Illinois and earned her law degree at Northern Illinois University.

Name: David Gore
Position: Commissioner – Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

Governor Bruce Rauner has reappointed David Gore to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC). This will be Gore’s fourth term as a commissioner and he has served on the board since 2006. He represents the employee community as a labor commissioner.

Gore has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney, previously serving as a partner at the law firm Gore & Gore. It specialized in workers’ compensation cases. He also worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the Illinois Attorney General and a staff attorney with the Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau.

Gore also has experience working on workers’ compensation matters as a staff representative for the United Steel Workers of America, AFL-CIO-CLC. He handled unfair labor practice charges and represented the union before the National Labor Relations Board.

Gore holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing, a law degree and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Name: Kevin Lamborn
Position: Commissioner – Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

Governor Bruce Rauner has reappointed Kevin Lamborn to a third term as a commissioner of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC). He has served on the board since 2007 as a Business Member Appointee. In this position, he conducts hearings and issues written decisions on litigation appealed from arbitration.

Prior to his work on the IWCC, Lamborn was an associate attorney at Storino, Ramello & Durkin where he practiced municipal law. He represented local municipalities in civil actions, and also served as an Administrative Hearing officer in property impoundment and code violations.

Lamborn’s legal career also included being a partner at McAauley & Lamborn. In that practice, Lamborn focused on a large range of the law including civil litigation, property transactions, work-related injury, and criminal defense, among others.

Lamborn began his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County. He worked his way up from traffic court to the felony trial division. He spent his final two years in the Special Prosecutions Bureau, where he investigated and tried cases involving public officials accused of misconduct.

Lamborn received his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He earned two bachelor’s degrees in political science and criminal justice from Valparaiso University.

Name: Joshua Luskin
Position: Commissioner – Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

Governor Bruce Rauner has selected Joshua Luskin to serve as a public member commissioner on the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Luskin is currently an arbitrator on the IWCC and has more than 15 years of law experience.

Prior to his work on the IWCC, Luskin was a partner at the law firm Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry, where he specialized in workers’ compensation law. Luskin also served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he handled military prosecution and offered legal service to members of the military. He also worked in the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s office, and in the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s office.

Luskin graduated from Macalester College in 1994 with a degree in philosophy. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan.


  1. - onevoter - Friday, Feb 20, 15 @ 4:50 pm:

    Ms. Fratianni-Atsaves is an excellent choice for IWCC.

  2. - 47th Ward - Friday, Feb 20, 15 @ 4:55 pm:

    Is she from Lake Forest?

  3. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 20, 15 @ 5:08 pm:

    Loving these Friday drops…

    Thought Rauner was not going to be about business as usual?

    They all seem acceptable, why bury them (snark)

  4. - Nick Naylor - Friday, Feb 20, 15 @ 5:15 pm:

    =Ms. Fratianni-Atsaves is an excellent choice for IWCC.=

    Would this create a conflict of interest for one Mr. Louis Atsaves when he espouses the brilliance of the Rauner administration here on this blog? Enquiring minds want to know!

  5. - William j Kelly - Friday, Feb 20, 15 @ 5:21 pm:

    Is joann related to Louis ‘the libertarian killer’ assteves?

  6. - tikkunolam - Friday, Feb 20, 15 @ 5:23 pm:

    Also, Mr Atsaves was the cut-out for the challenge to the Libertarian Party’s petitions.

    Obviously, she’s 100% qualified for the position. Just hard to pass up a chance to throw a little shade.

  7. - FIRED! up - Friday, Feb 20, 15 @ 5:29 pm:

    An Assistant Transportation Secretary that doesn’t have a college degree? That would fly in some agencies, but IDOT is highly technical.

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