Saturday news roundup
Saturday, Dec 24, 2016 - Posted by Rich Miller
* Subscribers already knew about Nuding’s departure…
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has announced changes at the top of two key state offices, naming new directors of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Insurance.
The Republican governor announced Friday his budget director, Tim Nuding, and Department of Insurance Director Anne Melissa Dowling are leaving.
Rauner is appointing the current chief of staff of the governor’s budget office, Scott Harry, to replace Nuding. He’s appointing Jennifer Hammer, now a policy adviser, to replace Dowling.
Rauner also made some important staff changes as well. Click here for details, but Brad Hahn is coming in as Communications Director, Michael Mahoney is the new Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Legislative Affairs and Phillip Rodriguez is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Engagement.
A former state representative was fired from a high-ranking, six-figure corrections job after inappropriately touching state employees at a Christmas party — including an instance caught on surveillance video in which he was pressing against a woman, state records show.
John Anthony was fired on Dec. 7, five days after the holiday party at the Wyndham Hotel in Springfield. Anthony, a Republican from Morris, worked as executive assistant to the director of the Illinois Department of Corrections. His annual salary was about $120,000, records show.
The corrections department on Friday released records about Anthony in response to a Chicago Sun-Times Freedom of Information Act request. Those records included the surveillance video.
* The start of my weekly syndicated newspaper column…
If you want to see how Gov. Bruce Rauner’s mind works, you should skim through the vast trove of e-mails from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s private account that a Better Government Association lawsuit finally forced into public view.
Click here to read the rest.
* Other stuff…
* Illinois schools still waiting on state money for transportation, special ed
* Open records experts see loopholes in Emanuel’s email lawsuit settlement
* Emails between Emanuel, Tribune’s Dold released in lawsuit settlement
* Blagojevich seeks presidential commutation of prison term
* Inspections find state fairgrounds’ Coliseum unsafe for use