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Munger moves to DCEO

Friday, Sep 21, 2018

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Gov. Bruce Rauner today said that Deputy Gov. Leslie Munger would be taking on the new role of acting director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). She replaces Director Sean McCarthy, who has accepted a position in the private sector.

“Leslie has more than two decades of private-sector experience, has connections with top business leaders, and is familiar with our pending economic development projects,” Rauner said. “In addition, she’s our point person on the Amazon HQ2 bid and leads the Bicentennial effort. She is the clear choice to take on this interim role.

* Speaking of Munger, she recently appeared at a press conference with Reps. Peter Breen (R-Lombard), Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield), Margo McDermed (R-Frankfort) and Tom Morrison (R-Plainfield) to denounce House Democratic attack ads. She was particularly upset with the HDems’ use of “no budget, no pay,” which was her big issue after she was appointed comptroller. From a press release..

In 2015, Batinick filed “No Budget, No Pay” legislation. Speaker Madigan refused to call his bill for a vote. When then-Comptroller Leslie Munger moved legislator pay in line with state vendor pay, she was sued by Speaker Madigan’s lawyers on behalf of Democrat legislators. […]

“There are a lot of words on these mailers,” said Deputy Governor Leslie Munger. In addition to her work on “No Budget, No Pay, when Munger ran against State Representative Carol Sente in 2014. She was subjected of one of the dirtiest, most dishonest campaigns in the state.

“These words mean nothing if we don’t have people willing to stand up and do what they say they will do… We have to be choosy voters… We need to vote for people who will not support the status quo; who will not continue the empty promises that we’ve had in the past from the leader of the Illinois House - and, frankly, the leadership that we’ve had in the General Assembly altogether. We need to vote for people who will stand up for the taxpayers… Be choosy voters.”

The full presser is here.

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20 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:21 pm:

    I wish someone loved me as much as Rauner loves Munger.


  2. - Norseman - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:30 pm:

    What they say about the proverbial sinking ship.

    Munger already has a life preserver when the ship submerges.

    Regarding the no budget no pay, it’s unconstitutional. However, that doesn’t prevent either party from using it as a phony campaign issue.


  3. - Generic Drone - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:30 pm:

    Rauner lookin out for his cronies again. Munger probably got another fantastic incentive pkg and retirement bump. Thank the lord Rauner froze union wages so he could pay the important people on the backs of little people.


  4. - Rabid - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:30 pm:

    Rauner is a job creator, rewarding the pride of Lincolnshire with three government jobs


  5. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:31 pm:

    “Be choosy voters”

    We were. That’s why Mendoza is the Comptroller and you’re an acting director of a Rauner agency. Oh, and Leslie, I wouldn’t get too comfortable in those interim digs.


  6. - Demoralized - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:32 pm:

    Well, now that she’s an agency director she’ll be toning down that sort of rhetoric.


  7. - Steve Polite - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:35 pm:

    Choosy voters choose JBP.


  8. - DuPage Bard - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:39 pm:

    Rauner loves Munger the way Tom Skilling loves Solar Eclipses.

    Just think Munger could have lost all that taxpayer revenue in her pocket had she won that Rep race in 2014.


  9. - Henry Francis - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:45 pm:

    Munger has basically been running DCEO from the Guv’s offfice for the last year. The question is will anyone notice McCarthy is no longer there?


  10. - Bobby T - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:45 pm:

    Munger will most certainly be in Rauner’s exclusive wine club — if she isn’t already.

    It’s important the 1%’rs hang with the 1%’rs. Otherwise there’s no one else who understands.


  11. - Stumpy's bunker - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:49 pm:

    Join with me as I implore all that is good & holy that some names (e.g., Munger) will finally go away after inauguration day.


  12. - Honeybear - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:49 pm:

    Flight of the SPSA’s is in full swing.
    I do wonder why Munger isn’t working for Intersect Illinois
    I mean DCEO was gutted to make way for II
    Intersect must be sitting on the announcement
    For a hundred thousand jobs at this point.
    Right?
    You’re just waiting for the word right?
    I mean why would you cripple a whole
    Agency dropping its staffing level to its lowest ever
    If it wasn’t actually unnecessary?


  13. - G'Kar - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:55 pm:

    How quaint, Republicans complaining about attack ads. Snowflakes./s


  14. - Wensicia - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 3:59 pm:

    Is there an award for most appointed?


  15. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 4:01 pm:

    I’m old enough to remember when Munger said she didn’t need a job.

    LOL


  16. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 4:04 pm:

    She still doesn’t OW. A purely altruistic venture to help save the state. /s


  17. - don the legend - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 4:13 pm:

    So when Amazon doe not choose Illinois it won’t be Madigan’s fault it will be Munger’s. Good to know.


  18. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 4:18 pm:

    Two things:

    1) the rats are jumping ship before it sinks

    2) does anyone proofread these press releases? BTIA my backside


  19. - The Dude Abides - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 4:24 pm:

    Remember when candidate Rauner attacked Quinn for political patronage hires?


  20. - Anon221 - Friday, Sep 21, 18 @ 4:33 pm:

    Keywords for Munger- Acting and Interim. #RunningOnFumes


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