New Bill Puts Limit On How Long Directors Serve On State Agencies

CHICAGO (WBBM) – From now on, Illinois governors face new limits on how long people can run state agencies without legislative approval.

Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Friday that requires him to submit nominees for Illinois Senate review more quickly.

Agency directors and commission members serve for specific terms, but some have continued in these posts for lengthy periods if a governor doesn’t replace them or re-appoint them.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Jan Coleman Reports

Lawmakers objected to this custom, saying it undercuts the Senate’s role in reviewing key government personnel.

Now, because of the new law, an official cannot continue to keep serving month after month after month. He or she is automatically out of a job once they serve 60 days beyond their expired term.

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