The new job for Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign manager is inspiring a possible new law. Lou Bertuca is the new executive director of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which owns U.S. Cellular Field and oversees capital improvements at Soldier Field. Baseball’s Chicago White Sox and football’s Chicago Bears are the tenants, respectively. The appointment of Bertuca, backed by Quinn appointees to the ISFA board, irked Chicago mayor Rahn Emanual and Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner.
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State Sen. Julie Morrison (D-Deerfield) wants to outlaw such appointments in the last 60 days of a governor's lame-duck term.
“This is something that is an embarrassment to all of us that care about good government and ethics and transparency,” Morrison said.
Bertuca succeeds another Quinn favorite, Kelly Kraft, in a job in which he’ll work closely with ISFA board chairman Emil Jones Jr., the former Illinois Senate president.
You can think about all that as you watch the White Sox play in a taxpayer-funded stadium built when the legislature stopped the clock on the last day of the 1987 session to keep the team from moving to Florida.
Morrison’s idea conflicts with one of the mantras of the just-completed veto session, when lawmakers did not always honor Rauner’s request to hold off on major legislation until he’s sworn in. Over and over, Quinn and lawmakers insisted they were elected to serve a full term, not to quit two months early. Morrison says, for example, the minimum wage legislation which made progress in December is something voters in a referendum said they wanted.