Rauner Supporter Ousted From Housing Post

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Governor Rauner has pushed out his selected chairman of the Illinois Housing Development Authority after allegations of a pay-to-play scheme.

The Better Government Association reports Rauner forced Joseph Galvan out after two anonymous letters accused Galvan of trying to steer business to his family consulting company.

The letter claimed to be from a long-time housing developer and was sent to the BGA and to several state officials, prompting action by the Rauner administration to withdraw Galvan’s name before his confirmation.

Galvan is a former regional HUD official and had been a campaign supporter of Rauner.