Rauner expected to announce agency appointments this weekend

SPRINGFIELD — People will soon find out if Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is serious about “shaking up the state” with new administration appointments, as press Secretary Mike Schrimpf said Wednesday that the public “will see a rollout of announcements (about appointees) this weekend.

Schrimpf says we’ll be seeing a fair number of private-sector appointees, some from outside Illinois and some people from Illinois with government experience.

He noted that it’s important to bring in people with institutional knowledge and understanding of state government as well as outsiders with big ideas.

Rauner has indicated on many occasions that he plans to follow the model established by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, now the president of Purdue University.

In his effort to re-direct government in the Hoosier State, Daniels appointed people from the private sector who shook up the state’s approach to managing its problems.