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Senger hired as Rauner’s new chief legislative liaison

Tuesday, Aug 8, 2017

* Tribune

Gov. Rauner on Monday announced that former state Rep. Darlene Senger of Naperville will serve as his deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs.

Senger was in the Illinois House from 2009 to 2015, leaving after an unsuccessful 2014 bid for Congress against Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster.

After that defeat, she joined the Illinois Policy Institute, the conservative think tank that has provided many of the new hires in Rauner’s recent staff shake-up.

Most recently, Senger worked as chief financial officer of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.

A former legislator? Hmm. Maybe he is learning a bit.

* Interestingly enough, the governor’s press release made no mention of her work for the Illinois Policy Institute…

Senger joins the governor’s office after a year-and-a-half as CFO for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Before that, she served as a state legislator from 2009-2015, representing the Naperville area. She also served on the Naperville City Council from 2002-2008.

But her bio is still on the Institute’s website. Click here.

…Adding… The governor was asked about the hire today…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

14 Comments
  1. - A guy - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 9:35 am:

    It’s good to see Darlene in this position. Thoughtful and smart.


  2. - Annoin' - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 9:36 am:

    Don’t recall the former rep makin’ much of an impression in the GA or her run against Foster. Wonder what FreeCollegeIves thinks?


  3. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 9:38 am:

    ===A former legislator? Hmm. Maybe he is learning a bit===

    Maybe, but then learning she’s been working at IPI lately, maybe he’s not learning anything at all.


  4. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 9:40 am:

    ===* Interestingly enough, the governor’s press release made no mention of her work for the Illinois Policy Institute…===

    Editing, man… Editing.

    Rauner knows… Even thoughtful hires… to process (I’ll get to that)… Rauner can’t embrace any more IPI… -ness… Rauner needs to hide all that “Hard Right” reality.

    Oh… “to process”.

    My favorite tweet yesterday?

    @RayLong - Rauner picks ex-Rep. Darlene Senger as Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs. Governor shifts to aide familiar with process

    That is some serious trolling, intended or not.

    “..,aide familiar with process”

    Restaurant-quality.


  5. - zatoichi - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 9:41 am:

    IPI affiliation seems to be the current litmus test.


  6. - Interesting - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 9:43 am:

    Don’t believe she is going to take you to the Promised Land.


  7. - Curl of the Burl - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 9:48 am:

    I thought this should have been done when he was first elected. Find an early legislative supporter, offer him or her a nice job and then have someone who really knows the GA’s inner workings.


  8. - RNUG - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 10:07 am:

    Maybe now Rauner will be able to count votes in the GA …


  9. - Obamas Puppy - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    Nice lady but let’s be honest her knowledge of issues and the legislative process is about an inch deep and an inch wide.


  10. - Loop Lady - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 11:09 am:

    Good choice for Rauner…she has a tough road to travel…


  11. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 1:41 pm:

    ==”We’re striving to be the best team…always looking for talent”==

    Given the events in recent days I would say The Governor strive a little harder because his staff certainly isn’t serving him we4ll.


  12. - Michelle Flaherty - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 3:30 pm:

    Isn’t the GOP about out of failed candidates for Rauner to hire? Loserville would be a better name for this administration.
    Paging Jason Plummer …


  13. - U-Turn Agenda Victim - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 4:43 pm:

    When Richard Goldberg had that job he was irritating and insulting and acted like the Donald Trump of the statehouse in terms of behavior and manners. Ms. Senger will probably will do quite a bit less of that.


  14. - Whoelse - Tuesday, Aug 8, 17 @ 6:38 pm:

    Not really a great wealth of knowledge there.


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