Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Alec Messina as the new head of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
He replaces Lisa Bonnett, a carryover from the Pat Quinn administration who announced her resignation from the state agency Friday.
Messina previously served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group. That’s a trade association whose members include Ameren, Archer Daniels Midland Company, and ExxonMobil. Messina also served as the IEPA's chief legal counsel from 2005 to 2010.