The governor-elect isn’t getting his wish regarding appointments by the outgoing governor. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner had asked for a freeze on hiring and appointments so that the administration of Gov. Pat Quinn didn’t move its allies into positions at state agencies before Quinn leaves office. It appears that’s exactly what’s happening, as Quinn’s former campaign manager, Lou Bertuca, has been hired as the the new executive director at the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.
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Rauner doesn’t seem surprised by the news. “There’s Illinois, isn’t it?” Rauner said smiling. While Rauner wouldn’t comment on the Bertuca appointment specifically, he did say part of the problem is just how many appointments there are throughout state government. “I’ve been told that we have, I think it was over 800 boards, commissions, and councils,” Rauner said. “You know what, I think if half of those never met again, nobody (would) miss it.” The ISFA is a state agency in charge of U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Bertuca has a two-year contract to head the authority, with the four votes needed for confirmation coming from board members appointed by Quinn.