Rauner starts issuing pink slips to Quinn appointees

Bruce RaunerSPRINGFIELD — Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has begun the process of cleaning house, sending dismissal notices Monday to top Quinn Administration officials.

Governor Pat Quinn’s chief of staff, Ryan Croke, alerted cabinet directors, deputy directors and top lawyers in an email Monday night that employment status letters would start to flow and that “some will be notified that they will not be retained.”

Rauner’s staff mailed letters to various agency directors, assistant directors, and general counsels concerning their appointments with the executive branch will not extend after January 19th. Rauner will be sworn into office on Monday, January 12th.

Croke says some may be asked to stay on until their successor is chosen.

Both the letter from Croke and the letter from Rauner’s general counsel Jason Barclay were dated January 5, and arrived via State of Illinois email.

Barclay did point out to the newly dismissed agency chiefs that Rauner is “accepting applications for other positions in state government” and their resumes can be sent to his attention.