Governor Rauner today hired Illinois’ previous Comptroller, Leslie Munger, as Deputy Governor.
“Deputy Governors” are essentially close advisors to the elected governor. Their duties are whatever are assigned to them by the governor. Rauner has another already, Trey Childress. Munger’s duties will include work with the budget and social service agencies.
Munger is a welcome addition to Rauner’s team. She managed the impossible situation in the Comptroller’s office with smarts and integrity, where she earned the respect of the media.
I got to know Munger reasonably well a few years ago. She’s one of the very, very few people in state government in either party who truly understands our fiscal crisis, the budget and pensions. She’s honest, gracious, independent and bright.
Let’s hope her duties will include helping on communications, which have been god-awful in this administration.
*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints. Opinions expressed are his own.