Former Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger has a new job as a deputy to Governor Bruce Rauner. It was just a few months ago that voters turned Munger out of office. The Republican lost to Democrat Susana Mendoza by about five percentage points. Rauner had appointed Munger to that job; now he's given her another.
The administration says as deputy governor, she'll contribute to budget discussions and work with not-for-profits. Munger will earn the same $135,000 salary she made as comptroller. Munger will serve in addition to current Deputy Governor Trey Childress.
According to reporting by The State Journal-Register, Rauner has already hired nearly two-dozen other people who left the comptroller's office after Munger lost the election.
Rauner's office says the money was freed up when former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle left her $198,000-per-year position on Rauner's executive staff.