Nine years in Springfield is enough for Dan Kotowski.
The state senator, a Democrat from Park Ridge, has resigned, effective Oct. 5 – a day before the chamber's next session day – to become president and CEO of ChildServ, a Chicago-based not-for-profit whose services include child care, foster care, and group homes. Kotowski says ChildServ – which began in 1894 as Methodist Deaconess Orphanage – has more than 3,000 clients in Cook, Lake, and DuPage Counties.
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Kotowski says time at home with his growing children is the main reason for his decision.
Kotowski's been in the news quite a bit in his time in office, largely because he chairs one of the Senate's appropriations committees. But that's not the first thing which comes to mind when asked for a high point.
“I'm really proud of the times when I was able to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass laws,” he said. “And my laws that required the state for the first time ever to fund programs based on performace. If they are not working, we eliminate them or reform them. And, also, for the first time ever, opening up these contracts and grants to greater public scrutiny.”
Kotowski worked in similar fields before becoming a state senator.