Dave Syverson has once again been chosen to serve as Assistant Republican Leader in the Illinois Senate. According to a news release, Syverson is currently the longest serving member of the Senate GOP caucus.
The University of Illinois Board of Trustees said yesterday their decision against appointing Steven Salaita will not be reconsidered.
Trustees voted to reject the Salaita appointment in September. But a faculty committee on academic freedom cited problems in the way the U of I administration handled the case. They recommended last month that it be reconsidered by an academic committee in the College that sought to employ Salaita, Liberal Arts and Sciences.
This week's inauguration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner marks a change in leadership for lawmakers and employees at state agencies. But it's also a big transition for people who will deal with the new governor in a very different capacity over the next four years: political cartoonists.
Scott Stantis draws political cartoons for the Chicago Tribune. He says Bruce Rauner has very identifiable features.
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner reversed the appointments of more than a hundred people from the previous governor. That’s leading to uncertainty about who will head several state groups.
The governor gets to appoint people to lead state agencies, like those that control the highways. And he can appoint people to state boards - like those that control whether or not Chicago gets a casino.
Hundreds of people could be out of those jobs, even though Rauner could end up putting them right back where they were.