Illinois governor names new chief of staff

Rodger Heaton will replace Kristina Rasmussen as his chief of staff next week

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner announced Friday that Rodger Heaton will replace Kristina Rasmussen as his chief of staff next week.

Heaton is a former U.S. Attorney, director of public safety and chairman of the Statewide Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.

“I’m excited to promote Rodger to be our team leader,” Rauner said. “His combination of legal, legislative and policy experience will help us build on the significant improvements that Kristina accomplished in a very compressed and challenging time.”

Rasmussen, who will remain on staff until October 13, is leaving the administration to pursue other interests.

“I brought Kristina on last summer because of her reputation as a foremost policy leader and organizational innovator,” Rauner said. “I asked her to reinvigorate our staff and advance our goals in improving education, growing jobs, and protecting taxpayers … and she delivered on all fronts."


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