If Bruce Rauner’s midweek stop in Springfield is any indication, we’re going to be hearing the name Jack Lavin quite a bit over the next couple of months. Lavin used to be director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity under former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Since then, one of the jobs he has held has been chief of staff to current Gov. Pat Quinn.
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“Gov. Quinn finally admitted” during Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune debate, Rauner said, “that his chief of staff, Jack Lavin, was a key player in sending in the illegal patronage hiring names of people who got hired, and approving the names of all the illegal hires in the patronage operation that has been occurring in the Department of Transportation.” Rauner adds Lavin is at the center of the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative investigation and has also gone through the “revolving door” to become a lobbyist whose clients include a company which wants to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in Illinois.
Rauner is calling on Quinn to order all of his staff to disassociate from Lavin. A Quinn campaign e-mail reminds us Lavin no longer works for the state.