* The governor made some New Year’s resolutions. Here’s one of the tweets…
OK, first, notice that he didn’t actually say he would introduce a truly balanced budget. He put that off on the General Assembly. But he did say he’d introduce a plan to repeal the tax hike, so I’ll be interested to see what he does since he has yet to introduce a balanced budget himself.
Three state employees are assuming new roles in the Rauner Administration in the new year, the governor announced today.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has named Hans Zigmund the new director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget. Zigmund will succeed Scott Harry on Jan. 15, 2018. Harry is taking a position with the Illinois State Board of Education. Andrew Perkins will advance to deputy chief of staff for Legislative Affairs, succeeding former state legislator Darlene Senger, who is pursuing other public service. And Rachel Bold assumes the role of press secretary on the governor’s communications team.
Zigmund joined state government in 2006 as a staff economist in the Illinois Department of Revenue. Since then, he has served in positions of increasing responsibility, including chief economist. He also was associate director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2011 to 2013, and has been director of economic policy in the governor’s office since August.
Rauner said he wishes Harry and Senger well in their new ventures, and is confident that Zigmund will hit the ground running. […]
Perkins, who most recently served as the governor’s Senate liaison, now will lead a team that interacts with members of the General Assembly to advance the governor’s agenda.
“Darlene did a tremendous job in Legislative Affairs,” Rauner said. “We are fortunate to have another dedicated public servant in Andrew.”
Perkins began his career as a policy analyst for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. He spent more than two years as an appropriations analyst for the Illinois Senate Republican staff, and returned to DCEO as deputy director of Legislative Affairs before joining the governor’s office in 2016. […]
Bold, formerly with the Senate Republican staff, joined the governor’s communications team in November. The new press secretary is a Springfield resident. She earned her bachelor of arts in communications and international studies from Monmouth College.
The new budget director was IDOR’s chief economist when it published that ridiculous “dynamic scoring” of the proposed graduated tax in 2016.