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Munger hired as deputy governor

Friday, Feb 3, 2017

* AP

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has hired former state Comptroller Leslie Munger to serve as a deputy governor.

In a statement released first to The Associated Press on Friday, Rauner says Munger will focus on long-term budgeting and work with human services organizations hit hard by the state budget impasse. […]

Munger will serve in addition to current Deputy Governor Trey Childress and will earn $135,000 annually.

Thoughts?

…Adding… Press Release…

Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday announced that former Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger has been named Deputy Governor, bringing a unique mix of business, human services and government experience to assist in addressing financial challenges facing the state and its nonprofit organizations.

“Leslie’s vast business, human services and government experiences make her uniquely qualified to serve in this important role,” Governor Rauner said. “We are thrilled that she has agreed to return to public service and bring people together to find long-term solutions for our state and its residents.”

Prior to serving as Comptroller, Munger was a brand management executive with Unilever HPC/Helene Curtis where she led the $800 million U.S. Hair Care business and prior to that she did brand marketing for Procter & Gamble. She previously led recruiting at McKinsey and Company, Inc.

Munger is also a 20-year volunteer and former board member with a nonprofit serving intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. She knows from experience about the challenges facing human services organizations and prioritized their state payments during her time as Comptroller.

As Deputy Governor, Munger will add her voice to the state’s budget discussions and work with nonprofit leaders to address their challenges and increase their financial security.

“I love Illinois, I was born and raised here, educated here, and my husband and I chose to raise our family here,” Munger said. “I am excited to use my skills and experience to help get our state back on track, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work to bring financial strength to state government and ensure that Illinois lives up to the promises it has made to our human service organizations.”

Munger earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

111 Comments
  1. - King Louis XVI - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:16 pm:

    A perch for a 2018 comeback?


  2. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:17 pm:

    This seems silly. She doesn’t “add” anything to the Governor’s office, so I take it as a clear indication Rauner is trying to put her in the best position to take back the comptroller’s seat in 2018.


  3. - Allen D - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:17 pm:

    more, take and spend from the empty coffers, I am sure her pay is akin to the GA pay, continues without regard to a budget. This is wrong…


  4. - Downstate GOP Faithless - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:18 pm:

    It’s all about organizing parades!


  5. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:19 pm:

    To do what, exactly? What functions are currently being neglected that need her attention?

    No job for Dunk? He stepped up for Rauner way bigger than Munger.


  6. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:19 pm:

    Shocking someone so amazingly talented wasn’t snapped up by the private sector.


  7. - Archiesmom - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:20 pm:

    Got to take care of the people who helped take care of you!


  8. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:21 pm:

    –Rauner says Munger will focus on long-term budgeting and work with human services organizations hit hard by the state budget impasse.–

    Well she is good at telling people no budget, no pay.


  9. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:21 pm:

    Oh boy…

    ===Munger will focus on long-term budgeting and work with human services organizations hit hard by the state budget impasse.===

    “Munger will focus on long-term budgeting…”

    I’d like any person in the Governor’s office to focus on “right now, hey we need a budget yesterday” budgeting.

    It’s like the Rauner Administration is trolling everyone, like Social Services. To that…

    “…and work with human services organizations hit hard by the state budget impasse.”

    Again, this Administration is more focused on making Mendoza and her Office and the paying of state workers without a budget…

    … keeping in mind, it’s “fine” that Social Services that have signed contracts are “out of luck”

    Will this position be defined as “no budget… because Madigan”?

    It’s not Ms. Munger’s fault, but the description of duties are Onion-like, given where the state is in both budgetary issues and social services.

    Yikes.


  10. - Mr.Black - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:21 pm:

    Go home. You lost.


  11. - Liberty - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:22 pm:

    LOL- can’t get a job in the private sector??


  12. - RIJ - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:23 pm:

    Uh… don’t we already have a Lt. Gov? Who maybe needs something to do?


  13. - Stark - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:23 pm:

    You cannot convince me she is better than anyone else that could have been chosen. She was a bad comptroller, so at least she can be honest when asked if she’s now if she is the governor’s “deputy”.


  14. - Ducky LaMoore - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:24 pm:

    The circus adds a clown. Who cares…?


  15. - Rocky Rosi - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:25 pm:

    The Gov. is acting more and more like a IL politician these days.


  16. - Anon - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:25 pm:

    ===Thoughts?===

    Making her work off those campaign contributions. /snark

    Really, though, this is about positioning her for future state office.


  17. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:25 pm:

    I can think of 135,000 reasons, Ducky.


  18. - walker - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:25 pm:

    Is this what Rauner’s supporters voted for when he said he would change Springfield?


  19. - A Jack - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    Talk about wasting taxpayer dollars…..


  20. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    Well since he manufactured high-paying jobs for 30 in her office, why not one for her as well? Fiscal responsibility indeed.


  21. - thunderspirit - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    Because of course she is.


  22. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    Lol. Ethics. None hete


  23. - Rabid - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:26 pm:

    I don’t need this job


  24. - Bootleg Carhartt Designer - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:27 pm:

    I thought that she said that she didn’t need a job.


  25. - Saluki - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:27 pm:

    ??????????what?????????


  26. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:28 pm:

    –In a statement released first to The Associated Press on Friday, Rauner says Munger will focus on long-term budgeting and work with human services organizations hit hard by the state budget impasse.–

    Somebody in the governor’s office has a sick sense of humor.


  27. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:28 pm:

    This’ll shake things up


  28. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:28 pm:

    Well her background is in cosmetics, just sayin’,


  29. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:29 pm:

    Wordslinger - perhaps Dunkin will be the new IBHE head since they lose theirs in two weeks.


  30. - ChiGirl - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:29 pm:

    She is a two-time loser as a candidate and a poor retail campaigner. Why the continued investment in her by this admin?


  31. - RNUG - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:30 pm:

    Not more of these made up deputy positions …


  32. - Chicago_Downstater - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:32 pm:

    I’m not sure this was a great political move for Munger if this is really about setting her up for a state office down the road. This will just be used to hurt her on any future campaigns.


  33. - RNUG - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:32 pm:

    == Why the continued investment in her by this admin? ==

    Have to show loyalty to the troops or they will refuse to serve as cannon fodder.


  34. - Saluki - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:32 pm:

    == Well her background is in cosmetics, just sayin’, ==

    Lipstick on a pig….


  35. - STILL WATERS - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:32 pm:

    ….BEING…..
    SORRY FOR THE ERROR.


  36. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:32 pm:

    The “Wingman” quote comes immediately to mind…


  37. - Handle Bar Mustache - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    Rauner’s “superstars”, like Munger, have driven the state into a ditch.

    They make bigger salaries than any of their predecessors.

    Rauner’s tax returns reveal huge increases in his personal income.

    To those suffering from their mismanagement?: “Change is hard.”


  38. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:34 pm:

    In Munger’s entire time as Comptroller, Illinois did not have a budget.

    Now, Munger will work on long term budgeting?

    It seriously is… borderline trolling…


  39. - Northsider - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:35 pm:

    Another of Rauner’s “structural changes,” no doubt.


  40. - Publius - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:35 pm:

    Can you re run the story about layoffs from last month

    It is so nice that he cut people to make way for her


  41. - Arsenal - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:36 pm:

    I don’t see this as setting her up for the rematch in ‘18. Too tight a turnaround. Mendoza basically hasn’t stopped campaigning. And the last thing Munger needs is a closer tie to Mr. 36%.


  42. - Soccermom - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:38 pm:

    So much for her expertise that makes her so attractive to the private sector. Or did she turn down a few multi-millon-dollar CEO gigs to take a job that was held by a teenager under Blagojevich?…


  43. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:38 pm:

    Rauner’s “superstars”have been unable to drive the state out of a ditch.

    Because the Speaker won’t allow any changes to anything.

    Don’t rewrite history, why do you think he was elected in such a blue state? Because our finances were in such good shape?


  44. - Seats - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:38 pm:

    Now we know why she claimed she didn’t need the comptroller job


  45. - Kippax Blue - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:39 pm:

    I suggest she review Donna Arduin’s PowerPoint– get some ROI for that masterpiece.


  46. - Honeybear - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:40 pm:

    I think that Rauner is running short on loyal people to carry out orders. Look at how many people left him at the top.


  47. - Crispy - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:41 pm:

    Guess he needed another “wingman”/s.

    Seriously, she lost already. Make her go away.


  48. - Thoughts Matter - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:43 pm:

    Exactly how is she going to ‘work with human services organizations hit hard by the state budget impasse? She can’t write them a check out of her former office. Is she going to volunteer on state time, running errands they no longer have staff for?

    The best way for the Governors’ office to help those organizations is to start negotiating a budget based on reality and not Bruce’s list of TA demands.


  49. - Dan Johnson - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:43 pm:

    I think it really bothers populist swing voters when governors hire these “patronage” positions of “just another politician” but I think in practice it’s a good thing to have people in any governor’s office that have been candidates (successful and unsuccessful) as well as elected officials. They bring an insight and a perspective you can’t get anywhere else. So while there’s an opportunity for a mild political hit to the Governor strengthening his persona as a political boss, it’s a good move on governance. Especially because a core political/governance question is on how you manage the exploding deficit and delayed bills and Munger knows more than anyone else on the R side about that.


  50. - Red Ranger - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:43 pm:

    The state is lucky to have such a smart and talented person work for it. She doesnt need the money or the power. She’s truly a public servant. Glad she’s willing to do it.


  51. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:44 pm:

    –Don’t rewrite history, why do you think he was elected in such a blue state? Because our finances were in such good shape?–

    LOL, and history shows without question that state finances were in much better shape in Jan. 2015 than they are in Feb. 2017.

    Munger could confirm that, assuming she ever read the comptroller quarterly reports.


  52. - Biscuit Head - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:45 pm:

    He’s gonna need lots of Deputies around to help take the blame for what’s about to happen.


  53. - A Jack - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:45 pm:

    Once the GA passes that employee appropriation she will get paid twice as much as a typical GA member, except of course she made sure the GA didn’t get paid.


  54. - walker - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:48 pm:

    Michelle Flaherty 1:28

    Indescribably delicious.

    You’ve got some special short-circuit in your brain.


  55. - blue dog dem - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:48 pm:

    Deep down


  56. - blue dog dem - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:49 pm:

    Depp down I knew this Twined guy was a fiscal conservative. This just proves it.


  57. - MSIX - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:50 pm:

    Wow, Dunkin will be furious. What happened to his cushy 6-figure post?


  58. - blue dog dem - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:50 pm:

    Deep…………this Rauner….


  59. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:50 pm:

    As a state worker, she will be receiving her paycheck.

    I’m sure that sits well with members of the General Assembly that she (Munger) will be getting a timely paycheck…

    …maybe.


  60. - My New Handle - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:54 pm:

    Is Munger on Tier II, or a pension sweetener?


  61. - Jocko - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    Shouldn’t her title be deputy to the deputy governor? Reminds me of our current (under)Secretary for the Superintendent of Education.


  62. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:00 pm:

    Make sure you post Mendoza’s press release concerning this. It ought to be a beauty


  63. - Louis G. Atsaves - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:04 pm:

    Great hire. One extremely sharp lady who will bring a great deal of expertise and experience to the Governor’s office. Will also help to end the constant Mendoza (I can’t find anything - no one ever did this before etc.) whining to a close.

    Interesting that for someone who claimed she adored the late Topinka, Mendoza then fired a whole bunch of Topinka hires.

    The State will benefit strongly from this hire.


  64. - IllinoisBoi - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:05 pm:

    ==Rauner’s “superstars”have been unable to drive the state out of a ditch…Because the Speaker won’t allow any changes to anything.==

    No, the state is in a ditch because Rauner and his superstars are in that ditch, digging it deeper, whining and whining about how that mean ol man won’t let them do nothin’, cuz he’s so mean and all-powerful! All we can do is dig this ditch deeper! Boo hoo boo hoo.


  65. - Waffle Fries - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:05 pm:

    Ok I’ll take arrows here. This is a great hire. In my experience Munger and her staff went out of her way to be accessible to human service providers and do what was in their power to make payments for services. I’m glad she is in this position and I hope she can swing some stick internally. Of course maybe I am naive, but I am glad that to know that if I go to her with issues at least I know I’ll send it to someone who is actually concerned and may try to do something about it, which has not been the case before.


  66. - Past the Rule of 85 - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:09 pm:

    This is a long-standing tradition in Illinois. Lose an election and get placed in the administration. I’ve had several no-show bosses who got their jobs by losing. I used to think about losing an election so I could get a promotion.


  67. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:11 pm:

    ===Great hire===

    Huh? Let’s look at the job duties…

    ===Munger will focus on long-term budgeting and work with human services organizations hit hard by the state budget impasse…===

    Munger was Comptroller during a time Illinois had no budget. What experience does she have in budgeting, let alone long term budgeting, when there were no budgeted?

    Social Services? A budget would negate any need for any Social Servives worried as how to navigate under Bruce Rauner.

    If these truths make for a great hire for Rauner, a long term budgeter, while Rauner has never had a budget, and dutied to help Social Services when a budget negates the need?

    Yikes. Munger or no Munger, this job is Onion-Worthy trolling.


  68. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:14 pm:

    They did Dunkin dirty… who didn’t see that coming?? Munger has to be the luckiest person ever. Two statewide positions, despite being 0-2 at the ballot box. #winning


  69. - Lanny - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:14 pm:

    Obviously we can’t balance a budget with Manigan and all the left wing losers. We might as well join them and just keep spending.


  70. - Ratso Rizzo - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:15 pm:

    Is there a statewide hiring freeze going on???


  71. - working stiff - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:15 pm:

    the appointments will continue until i get my way - fake rauner


  72. - JS Mill - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:17 pm:

    =In Munger’s entire time as Comptroller, Illinois did not have a budget.

    Now, Munger will work on long term budgeting?

    It seriously is… borderline trolling… =

    With all due respect good sir….

    She is perfect. An absolutely perfect fit for this administration.

    A twice failed candidate, and once failed constitutional officer.

    Perfect for this failed administration, she fits right in.


  73. - Chucktownian - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:17 pm:

    This press release reads like it was produced by one of the parody websites — a terrible comptroller from a time when there was no budget is brought in to help with budgeting.


  74. - X-prof - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:19 pm:

    ===Munger will focus on long-term budgeting and work with human services organizations hit hard by the state budget impasse. ===

    This is an inadvertent admission that Rauner plans to keep the budget impasse going for the foreseeable future and to keep social service providers in the crosshairs. So, never mind about that grand bargain, right Capt. Ahab?

    Anyway, shouldn’t this be a part-time position given the number of social service providers that have been, and will continue to be, knocked out of service?


  75. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    A mere two years of unimpressive “service” as a flunky appointee. Hardly the experience we need.


  76. - Big Muddy - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    Good grief. What a terrible hire and for many reasons.


  77. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:50 pm:

    2:32
    Muddy and OW agree! They must both be Republicans.


  78. - Rabid - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:50 pm:

    Dunkin is going to head up an anti violence deputy position


  79. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:50 pm:

    How about a bill to prevent this kind of malarkey?


  80. - Thinking - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:51 pm:

    Louis-Mendoza did not fire the Munger folks. They left before she got there and Rauner gave them all cushy jobs $100k plus. All the positions had been vacant for long time, but now there was the need to place the losing candidate’s people.

    Speaking of vacant positions, Department of Agriculture assistant director has not been filled since 2003. While Moffitt a nice guy, why do we need 2 ex politicians at Ag? It a very small agency, headcount has been decimated under all Governors since Blago. Morale at Ag is rock bottom. Lots of hires in the executive hall but no animal welfare investigators, meat and poultry inspectors, grain warehousemen. What ev!


  81. - Stumpy's bunker - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:54 pm:

    A nice, gooey pie-in-the face for Illinois voters…


  82. - Generic Drone - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:54 pm:

    Can I be Sergeant Governor? I have lost jobs too!


  83. - Amalia - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:56 pm:

    don’t think this is a smart political move for Rauner. But maybe she’s better in a staff position than an elected position. Some people function better in the background, or more in the background, and perhaps her experience and education help him in some way. In his mind. Was certainly not for her in the election, but I don’t think she is a bad person.


  84. - Rabid - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 2:59 pm:

    Twenty three and me


  85. - Rabid - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:01 pm:

    Can lobby the comptroller now


  86. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:01 pm:

    Keeps her in the news till she runs again in 2018 for Comptroller. Not sure though if it hurts or helps though!!


  87. - CrazyHorse - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:07 pm:

    This is a terrible hire on so many levels it’s beyond ridiculous. Take Munger’s name out and replace it with the absolute greatest person with the most brilliant mind you know and it’s still a terrible hire. Why? With no budget for two years and the possibility of a partial? state shutdown in less than 4 weeks we shouldn’t be hiring anyone to a redundant 6 figure post. Brutal. Just brutal.


  88. - Anonymous Lee - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:07 pm:

    How can McQueary and the Tribune editorial board ignore that?

    Again: this is why Rauner has no credibility when he suggests that everyone else, whether it is nonprofits or state employees or units of local government, needs to tighten their belts.


  89. - Demoralized - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:08 pm:

    ==Rauner’s “superstars”have been unable to drive the state out of a ditch.

    Because the Speaker won’t allow any changes to anything.==

    Do you not realize how utterly juvenile that sounds?

    Governor Rauner is a gazillionaire who I’m assuming has negotiated thousands of deals in his business career. And you want us to believe now that he is just a victim who apparently can no longer manage to negotiate his way out of a paper box.

    Perhaps the Governor would get more done if he stopped playing the victim all the time. And enablers like you aren’t helping him.


  90. - Rich Miller - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:09 pm:

    ===Mendoza did not fire the Munger folks===

    Not all of them.

    Ever check Barton’s Facebook page?


  91. - Thinking - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:11 pm:

    Ask what agency payroll is paying her salary? Lingle was on Dept of Revenue and there was an IGA with Gov’s Office. I’m guessing because of the reference to Human Services it will be DHS picking up the tab. Given the cuts, seems like another example of tone deafness by the big brains.


  92. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:11 pm:

    Thank God I was afraid she would not be able to boost her pension.


  93. - Demoralized - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:15 pm:

    Personally this doesn’t bother me. He’s the Governor. Governor’s can hire whoever they want for their office. If people don’t like it then they can choose not to vote for him.

    However, I have to be a little snarky here with regard to the $135,000 salary. The Governor constantly harps on how “good” state employees have it in terms of pay. He likes to quote a $66,000 average pay figure and then tell us all how that’s $20,000 more than employees in neighboring states. $135,000 is about $90,000 more. You would have thought he might try to hire people at wages on par with those neighbors he always likes to point out. /s/


  94. - Because I said so..... - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:35 pm:

    Bureaucratic bloat as higher ed and human services continue to starve.


  95. - Tough Guy - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:37 pm:

    I hear Rauner has Roland Burris on the short list for Deputy Governor of “checkin’ stuff out”.


  96. - Check It - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:39 pm:

    @ Demoralized

    Check your math…I think you meant $70,000.

    Top notch consultants are paid very well because their skills are highly valued. I think that’s kind of what she’s going to be. That’s still leaps and bounds below what she’d be paid by a private sector consulting firm based on her years of experience.


  97. - Mama - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:40 pm:

    “In a statement released first to The Associated Press on Friday, Rauner says Munger will focus on long-term budgeting.”

    When did Illinois’s Bureau of Budget office stop doing short and long term budgets?


  98. - Dutch3001 - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:45 pm:

    Nothing like trimmin’ the fat from Illinois’s bloated state employee workforce…


  99. - Louis G. Atsaves - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:45 pm:

    @Oswego Willy, I won’t even attempt to rebut all your little straw dogs and boogeymen in your comments. Let’s just call most of your comments nonsense

    I’ve worked with Munger on several projects in the past. She is one sharp and impressive person. That is my personal testimonial of that fine lady. Your ridicule of her can be compared to “alternative facts” quite easily.

    The Comptroller doesn’t propose or vote for budgets. The Comptroller (as Mendoza hopefully has quickly discovered) is handed bags and bags of hot, smelly, steamy . . . (you get the point here) and somehow has to make lemonade out of it.

    Love or hate her, she helped to keep the State running under some pretty unique and impossible situations, while the State continued to spend more than it took in, abiding by something like 80 court orders, and taking hundreds of angry phone calls from those owed money daily.

    As you can see, I’m standing by my praise of this outstanding hire. Argue all you want, but a good hire is a good hire.


  100. - anon - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:47 pm:

    I’m so glad I got laid off so Rauner can hire


  101. - Demoralized - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 3:51 pm:

    Check It

    $66,000 - $20,000 = $46,000

    $135,000 - $46,000 = $89,000

    In any event my comment was mostly snark.


  102. - AlfondoGonz - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 4:02 pm:

    I guess she’ll have more responsibilities than the new budget director…


  103. - Joe M - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 4:05 pm:

    “Administrative bloat”

    I know Rauner and IPI like to use that term to criticize universities. But maybe they should look in the mirror.


  104. - August Spies - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 4:07 pm:

    Got to love how he’s “shakin’ up Springfield” by eliminating patronage type practices and being fiscally responsible /s


  105. - Anonymous - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 4:12 pm:

    Shouldn’t Munger refuse to take a salary until a budget is passed?


  106. - Last Bull Moose - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 4:18 pm:

    The Deputy Governor for all the Human Services agencies could have a major impact. These agencies often serve the same people with little or no coordination. The new IT system is supposed to allow information to be shared. (No info on how this is progressing.

    There are opportunities here. Don’t think they can be realized without a budget.


  107. - titan - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 4:18 pm:

    Munger will serve in addition to current Deputy Governor Trey Childress and will earn $135,000 annually.

    At least until February 28th anyway.


  108. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 4:20 pm:

    ===I won’t even attempt to rebut all your little straw dogs and boogeymen in your comments. Let’s just call most of your comments nonsense===

    Oh - Louis G Atsaves -, I already know you can’t, it’s an Onion-Trolling job description. Munger has ZERO budget experience, and never performed her Appointed duties with a budget.

    Also, anyone “assigned” to keep Social Services in the mix tells me Rauner continues to have no desire to get a budget and Munger will continue to choose winners and losers.

    === Your ridicule of her can be compared to “alternative facts” quite easily.===

    Nah. Everything I explained, it’s real to the position, you just don’t like reading it.

    ===…she helped to keep the State running under some pretty unique and impossible situations, while the State continued to spend more than it took in, abiding by something like 80 court orders, and taking hundreds of angry phone calls from those owed money daily.===

    So Munger was choosing winners and losers within court orders, juggling because Rauner has held the state hostage, calling herself the “Wingman” to the purposeful damage… and this is something to be proud of?

    ===Argue all you want, but a good hire is a good hire.===

    How is it, be it Munger or anyone else, that trolling the fact there hasn’t been a budget, but the responsibilities are long term budgeting and that Social Services are being destroyed, this position is to help them because there isn’t a desire for a budget?

    This is embarrassing as a position that needs to be filled and that someone can be a great hire for it, LOL!


  109. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 4:24 pm:

    Now I understand why Lisa Madigan went to court


  110. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 4:26 pm:

    ===Now I understand why Lisa Madigan went to court===

    How this does t win the day, I dunno.

    Yikes, that’s sharp


  111. - Because I said so..... - Friday, Feb 3, 17 @ 4:37 pm:

    @Joe M….You totally got what I was trying to point out!


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