* Greg Hinz…
A Chicagoan who until recently was communications chief for Gov. Bruce Rauner is going to work for a political strategies firm run by a one-time top deputy to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Headed to Tusk Strategies, the firm Bradley Tusk established after departing as Blagojevich’s deputy governor, is Lance Trover, who left Rauner’s office just before the governor shook up top management of his administration this summer. In a statement and an interview, Trover, 38, said that after nearly two decades of working for politicians, including former U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., he looks forward to shifting to a private-sector firm that runs campaigns for Fortune 500 and startup companies around the country.
In Chicago, Trover joins a Tusk office that already includes two other veterans of the Blagojevich government: one-time Deputy Governor Bob Greenlee, and Sheila Nix, who later became chief of staff to Jill Biden when her husband, Joe Biden, was vice president.
Both Greenlee and Nix, as well as Tusk, escaped Illinois government with their reputations intact—no small feat. Still, all are Democrats. Trover always has worked for Republicans.
Trover got out of Rauner Land just before the big Illinois Policy Institute-related purges began, even though the news wasn’t confirmed until after the purge started.
As we’ve already discussed, Tusk has made a fortune and everyone around him is doing just fine.