(Chicago, IL) – October 24, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today named State Rep.Tom Holbrook (D-Belleville) to head the Illinois Pollution Control Board. Holbrook will resign his House seat on Tuesday.
Holbrook, who has been in the House since 1995, has served as chairman of the House Environment & Energy Committee and vice chair of the Registration and Regulation Committee. Holbrook was heavily involved in crafting most of Illinois’ environmental legislation for the past decade.
The Democratic lawmaker will boost his income from $70,000 as a legislator to $121,400 as the pollution panel chief. Not a bad raise.
Holbrook’s resignation will put his downstate House seat into play during the 2012 election.
In addition to Holbrook, Quinn named Deanna Glosser to the board. Glosser has a doctorate in urban and regional planning from UIUC and is currently a natural resources planning specialist at Purdue University.
Quinn also appointed Chicago resident Tanner Girard as the Executive Director of the Pollution Control Board. He has served on the Pollution Control Board since 1992, filling in as acting chairman in 2005.
The appointments require Illinois Senate confirmation.