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Illinois hunting and fishing

DNR hires new deputy director

July 15, 2011 at 02:23 PM

The State Journal-Register

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has a new deputy director who is a former member of the Democratic State Central Committee. But Beth Penesis of South Elgin is no newcomer to the kinds of issues dealt with by the agency.

Penesis, 46, was legislative liaison for the state Environmental Protection Agency before her more recent post as intergovernmental affairs liaison for the governor’s office. She was paid $79,800 annually in that job, officially on the Department of Central Management Services payroll but tasked to the governor’s office via interagency agreement. 

A native of Chicago’s south suburbs, Penesis has a communications bachelor’s and a master’s in public administration, with emphasis on urban planning and management, from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

She was assistant to the village manager of Long Grove, where she oversaw the environmental impact statement process, and she also worked for Delta Institute, a Chicago-based organization that works to mesh environmental and development concerns. There, she worked on an anti-ozone program called Clean Air Counts. Her job included acquiring grants and doing marketing, as well as working with federal and state agencies and an organization of mayors.

Her new salary is $90,024 annually, said Chris McCloud, spokesman for DNR. With some differences in responsibility, she’s taking the place — at a lower salary — of LESLIE SGRO, the Springfield Park Board president who recently left DNR to join the governor’s budget office.
“She’s clearly qualified,” McCloud said.

Penesis has an office at DNR Springfield headquarters, but her main base will be the DNR office in Bartlett.

Penesis was elected to a single four-year term on the Democratic State Central Committee in 2006. She’s still a precinct committeeman in Kane County. Her husband, TED PENESIS, is industry education manager for the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, making $89,796 annually.
At DNR, Beth Penesis is assigned to oversee strategic services, such as marketing and communications; realty and environmental planning, which includes acquisitions and environmental impact statements; conservation police; and museums.

DNR programs, she said, match her “true passions.” She said it sounds corny, but she’s excited about working for those things under “such a green governor.”

I took that “green” to be the environmental kind.

Her job is exempt from anti-patronage or civil service rules and didn’t have to be posted, McCloud said. He also said he doesn’t think DNR is top-heavy with administrators as it has “24 uniquely different divisions.”

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Chris McCloud can say anything she wants, but this woman is just another political hack being dumped on DNR, which is already so short handed it’s pathetic.  You can bet that the salaries of this woman and the above mentioned ‘new’ deputy director will add up to at least $200,000 by the end of the year!  Disgusting!  How many employees could be put on the ground with that money?  DNR desperately needs more boots on the ground, NOT LOAFEERS in the OFFICE!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/15 at 08:58 PM

Almost beyond belief…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/16 at 04:38 PM

“A native of Chicago’s south suburbs, Penesis has a communications bachelor’s and a master’s in public administration…” - clearly qualified.  This woman is bound to revive an ailing DNR since, certainly, she got this job due to her skills and experience and not her loyalty to the Party.  I look forward to all the positive changes she will make for Illinois outdoors and recreation.  Maybe she will start with weed control at Banner Marsh, new outdoor grills at Rice Lake, and a full compliment of DNR staff at both places.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/16 at 04:45 PM

She is clearly qualified, McCloud said.  No doubt, if being a democratic precinct comittewoman and former member of the democratic state central committee are the only qualifications.  This gal is nothing but a 110% political hack!-A useless glob of protoplasm taking up space at DNR and drawing a big salary to boot.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/16 at 07:02 PM

LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER TAKER NOT A GIVER! wonder how many years shes bought a hunting and fishing liscense,habitat stamps ,foid cards ,duck stamps, trout stamps , boat registration ,deer permits ,shotgun ,muzzleloader, bow ,archery tags deer and turkey,turkey permits,trapping liscence,ginseng licsense ::”?

Posted by trolloni on 07/16 at 08:32 PM

trolloni- you must not play cards. Don’t you know that the purchase on one political fund raiser ticket trumps “hunting and fishing liscense,habitat stamps ,foid cards ,duck stamps, trout stamps , boat registration ,deer permits ,shotgun ,muzzleloader, bow ,archery tags deer and turkey,turkey permits,trapping liscence,ginseng licsense” ?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/17 at 07:27 AM

I hope you all know my last post was pure sarcasm…

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/17 at 10:19 AM

“She’s clearly qualified,” McCloud said.  Just looking at this again…why would McCloud feel the need to say that if the powers-that-be didn’t expect a backlash about the appointment?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/17 at 01:14 PM

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