* Press release…
Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton announced Tuesday that Kristin Richards will be his new chief of staff.
Richards, who had served as Cullerton’s Budget and Policy Director since he became Senate President in 2009, will assume the new duties beginning Feb. 1.
“There is no one in this operation whose insights I trust more than Kristin’s. She’s been invaluable to my office and to the Senate Democratic Caucus from day 1. She’ll provide the leadership we need going forward,” said Cullerton.
Richards, a Belleville native and graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, replaces Dave Gross, who announced his pending departure earlier this month.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead a dedicated group of professionals who work every day to address problems and improve the lives of the people of the great state of Illinois,” Richards said.
I can’t say enough good things about her. She’ll do well.