Illinois’ next governor is adding some surprising names to his transition team. Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s transition committee includes several prominent Democrats, including one who was briefly a candidate in the governor’s race, William Daley. “The people have spoken,” Daley said. “All of us—Democrats, Republicans, independents—must move forward together and support our new governor and his administration.”
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Former congressman, Democratic candidate for governor and Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard is on the committee as well. Rauner says it’s part of his goal to get both parties to work together. “I believe we have a mandate, based on this election, to provide bipartisan solutions,” Rauner said.
Several Republicans are also on the transition team, including former Gov. Jim Edgar, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria), and State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy), who had ran for lieutenant governor in this year’s Republican primary.
The positions on the transition team are unpaid. Rauner wouldn’t say whether anyone on this committee would be in line for a position running any state agency.