Confirm State Police Director Who Was Never Cop?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — Not everybody likes the idea of a state police director who’s never been a cop, and there is still no official action on the man who remains “acting director.”

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, Jonathon Monken was never confirmed, and remains on “acting director” status.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is moving a bill to strengthen the role of his chamber in the appointment process.

“Mr. Monken was a controversial appointment, because there were folks in that came to me in the caucus and said he wasn’t qualified,” Cullerton said. “But the governor made the appointment, so what we did was to, eventually, we put his name into the record, and held off, seeing whether the governor wanted to reappoint him. And with this bill, we will ask the governor to reappoint him, and then we’ll have a hearing on him, or not.”

Monken, a veteran of the Iraq War, was appointed by Gov. Pat Quinn two years ago. He was only 29 at the time, but had finished in the top 1 percent of his class at West Point in 2002, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The bill, which only affects future appointees, has already passed the state Senate.


    hey ….he had a toy gun and plastic toy badge just last year, quinn lets him and jr-g-man sit in front and turn the lights on and off…..this is the best we have? OH RIGHT Quinn appointed him, just like the state rep who lost her seat but Quinnneeds one vote she comes thru …waaalaa she gets a $180 K job the next day with the state….
    RE-CALL QUINN 2011

  • Jim

    Wow the state is in a bad place when that is the best candidate that we can find. I’m guessing that he has some type of connections to Quinn because Quinn is so corrupt that he will do it in the face of the taxpayers and laugh at you.

  • gm

    What is the big deal…? Chicago has a lawyer that was in charge of the Chicago police departments’ legal affairs and never ever was inside a court room as a lawyer. DK being sued is the only time she was in a court room, but she is Daleys buddy …

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