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Illinois Politics

Gov. Pat Quinn Unveils Latest Round of Executive Appointments


(Chicago, IL) — February 7, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today named two senior members to his administration and re-appointed five members of his executive cabinet, completing a second-round of appointments.

Quinn tapped Cristal Thomas to serve as his Deputy Governor for Public Policy and Sean Vinck to serve as Chief Information Officer.

Additionally, Quinn re-appointed Secretary Brent Adams to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Director Arthur Bishop to the Department of Juvenile Justice, Director Dan Grant to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Director Michael McRaith to the Department of Insurance and Director Marc Miller to the Department of Natural Resources.

“These seven appointees have an ethic of service and I am confident that they will work collaboratively and creatively to address our problems and move Illinois forward,” said Quinn.

Thomas will help develop and implement the Thomas previously served as Region V Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Previously, Thomas was Executive Director of the Ohio Executive Medicaid Management Administration, serving as a member of Governor Ted Strickland’s cabinet. Additionally, Thomas previously served as Assistant Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare.

As Chief Information Officer, Vinck will direct the state’s information technology policies, focusing on improving and updating IT infrastructure. Additionally, he will oversee information technology officers throughout state government.

Since January 2010, Vinck has served as Special Administrator for the Department of Corrections, where he was tasked with overhauling and modernizing the agency’s electronic Offender Tracking System. Previously, he served as Governor Quinn’s Chief Legislative Counsel and Chief of Intergovernmental Affairs. Vinck also served then-Lieutenant Governor Quinn as his Legislative Counsel.

After two rounds of appointments, Quinn has made no changes to his cabinet.

About David Ormsby

David, a public relations consultant and blogger at The Huffington Post, is an ex-Press Secretary of the Illinois Democratic Party.

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