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Lt. Gov. Quinn: I would open parks ASAP

December 13, 2008 at 01:37 PM

A policy advisor to Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn says if Quinn becomes our next Illinois governor he would open closed state parks and historic sites immediately.

At least that’s what senior policy advisor Marc Miller told Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Also according to Bowman: “Quinn indicated to Miller that naming a director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources would be ‘promptly reviewed.’ “

Speculation has been rampant for the past year that former Rep. Kurt Granberg (D-Carlyle), would be taking over as DNR director for Sam Flood, the acting director. Those rumors heated up in recent months, but so far nothing has happened officially. And given the state of Gov. Blagojevich’s administration, it’s doubtful appointing a new DNR director ranks very high on his list of priorities.

Bowman also wrote about his list of nine top candidates to take over as DNR director. Click here to read his list, which includes the following names.

  1. Brian Anderson
  2. Mike Conlin
  3. Brent Manning
  4. John Rogner
  5. Charlie Potter
  6. Jeff VerSteeg
  7. Claudia Emken
  8. Rep. Dan Reitz (D-Sparta)
  9. Kirby Cottrell

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We need a knowledgeable full time director, NOT another politician that is just picking up a paycheck, padding his retirement & being a YES man that knows nothing about this states wildlife.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/13 at 02:04 PM

now that its out that he was gonna sell obamas seat, he prolly had a sinister plan to close the parks and sell them to outfitters or let his high rolling buddies hunt them an sam flood prolly had something to do with it to or he would of tried to do more….he was prolly gonna get a kickback i hope quinn is honest and can help us out!!!!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/13 at 05:50 PM

No old faces or polititians- I vote for Claudia Emken!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/14 at 11:06 AM

When you look at the entire list from Bowman’s column think about the situation the DNR is in. It’s going to take a very savy, well liked person with Department wide knowledge. Someone who has in the past had to bridge the political valley and is willing to do so again. I agree with Tim W about the old faces but for the time being I think an experienced person in the Directors post will be able to get the biggest bang for our buck.

There is only one name on that list that jumps out. Someone who has all the credentials to move the DNR forward into a new era. That perosn is MIKE CONLIN. Mike has seen it all during his long career with the DNR. Mike is not a politician but is politically savy. That is the kind of person we need.

Mike has been a dedicated respected employee and leader within the DNR for many years. There is no other name on that list whose credentials cover all the bases like MIKE CONLIN does.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/14 at 12:12 PM

I highly propose to volt or pick Kirby Kottrel for the job!I have known Kirby for a long time and loves the outdoors as much as all the readers of this web and all others.He has worked with the Jake Wolf fish hatchery and along side of former DNR director Manning. In watching those two together work for the people of Illinois DNR,they both really care.Yes,Brett is a too close 2nd.But,let the games begin.Probably somebody(former legislator)else will get in because he or she needs a couple more years to retire and get double pension from Illinois retirement fund just like the last Director did.REALLY!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/15 at 07:38 AM

Is there something wrong with Brent Manning? The deer herd and turkeys flourished under him. He has the experience and got the job done. I trust Pat Quinn, about as far as Vern “Minimi” Troyer could throw him. Where was Quinn in 2006 arguing against Blago when he was campaigning. He is like a parasite finally killing its host and looking for the next one.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/15 at 11:14 AM

Doubt that Brent Manning could be lured away from his current job.
Conlin would be my choice, if Manning wouldn’t come back.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/15 at 05:58 PM

I vote for Claudia Emken too, we need someone that is down to earth and has no political ties.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/15 at 06:24 PM

It has to be someone who actually knows what they’re doing.  A resume should be publicized and the public should decide, not the criminals from Springfield and Chicago.

I nominate Higgins!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/18 at 11:44 AM

Anybody second that?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/18 at 01:04 PM

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