Rauner extends contract of top-paid consultant, cuts $30k monthly fee in half

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has extended the contract of one if its top-paid consultants, Donna Arduin, but is cutting her $30,000-a-month fee in half, following increased scrutiny over a governor’s office practice of paying top dollar to appointees while threatening to slash state services.
The move comes after an Illinois House committee held a hearing last week reviewing why another top appointee, education secretary Beth Purvis, was drawing her $250,000 salary out of the Department of Human Services, rather than the governor’s office budget.
That same committee has called on Purvis to appear for testimony on Tuesday, said state Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago. Harris could not yet say whether she would attend.
According to a statement from the governor’s office, Arduin’s compensation has been reduced by half from her previous contract and will terminate when the final budget is signed or on August 28, whichever comes first.