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DNR deputy director leaves for job with Cook County

April 26, 2011 at 07:59 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

Deborah Stone has left her job as deputy director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for a new position with Cook County.

She was appointed director of environmental control and chief sustainability officer by Cook County Board president Toni Preckwinkle.

Stone’s last day at DNR was April 8.

She salary at DNR was $114,757.53.

DNR spokeswoman Januari Smith said there are no immediate plans to replace Stone, who also served as director of the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission.

“Assistant Director John Rogner is temporarily overseeing the Commission,” she said. “A permanent replacement (to head nature preserves) should be named soon.”

Stone has worked for Cook County before, serving as a lobbyist before joining the administration of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich about eight years ago.

DNR still has two deputy directors - Leslie Sgro and Travis Lloyd - working under director Marc Miller and assistant director John Rogner.

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Why replace someone that was not needed in the first place. Use the money to keep a park open downstate, forget the chicago area for once.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/27 at 07:47 AM

Now sgro and this new guy,lloyd need to go-NOW, not to mention the new chief of staff, which DNR/DOC never had before.  With the DNR teetering on the virge of collapse, why do we have so many bosses when there aren’t enough park staff, biologists or foresters to get the job done?  The blame all lies on pat quinns doorstep.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/27 at 12:58 PM

They can’t replace the District Wildlife Biologist for the Golden Triangle- their cash cow, but they will replace a high dollar bureacrat in a heartbeat.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/27 at 03:37 PM

Well, Colonel, why would they replace the district wildlife biologist?  After manning passed control of the Golden Triangle to outfitters, DNR biologists had little control over the area anyway. 
As you so aptly pointed out via the DNR events calendar, DNR is now pretty much into folk music, concerts and museums instead of natural resource management.  If the DNR ever does re-enter the natural resources war, what the heck, we will enter the war with all Generals because there will be no ground troops left.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/27 at 05:33 PM

‘Cook County gets new environment boss’

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has appointed a new environmental chief who once worked for the county and went on to work in the budget office during former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration.

Deborah Stone was introduced by Preckwinkle on Monday as the director of Cook County Environmental Control, a $1.6 million-a-year regulatory office with 25 staffers charged with issuing air-pollution permits for construction and existing businesses or large residential buildings in suburban Cook County.

In addition to monitoring air quality around those buildings — specifically making sure they comply with EPA standards — the office keeps tabs on air quality countywide.

“Deborah will be responsible for expanded internal functions, including the reduction of the county’s environmental footprint, lowering fuel and energy use, minimizing waste, conserving water and implementing new green practices,” Preckwinkle said during a morning press conference.

Stone will also hold the title of county chief sustainability officer.

Stone lauded Preckwinkle’s commitment to the environment, from her dedication to the open swaths of land that make up the county forest preserve to a deal with ComEd that will cut energy costs by $850,000 in the County Building alone. She knows part of her charge is to help in expanding that “green” effort.

A former director of the Metropolitan Planning Council, Stone served as Cook County’s chief lobbyist from 1995 to 2002 under the late county board President John Stroger.

Hired by the Blagojevich administration in 2003 to be planning director of the state budget office, Stone moved on to become deputy director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, serving in that job until taking the county position, according to her page on the professional social media website Linkedin.

Stone, 54, who will be earning $110,104 in her new position — replaces Kevin Givens. Givens was demoted to deputy director.

Stone contributed $250 to Preckwinkle’s campaign for board president last September, state election board records show.


It looks like $250 donation/pay off, will get you a $110,000 a yr job in Chicago…..Business in Chicago/IL, as usual.


Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/28 at 10:05 PM

Figure her salary of $114,757.53, then add in the cost of benefits and the cost of all of her taxpayer paid flights between Chicago and Springfield (what was her final total of flights? 75, 100, 150, 200??) and the DNR suddenly gets a cash bump. Lets see starting salary for a entry level wildlife biologist is probably around 38k, so we can fill a few of the vacant biologists positions, and the CPO’s can use the flight time for a whole bunch of anti-poaching flights…...... looks like a good deal to me.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/30 at 07:13 AM

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