Governor-elect Bruce Rauner names broad transition team

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Governor-elect Bruce Rauner named a transition team that seemed to represent a cross-section of Illinois.

By Ray Hanania

RaunerImageGovernor-Elect Bruce Rauner unveiled his transition team including names that represents a cross-section of Illinois and sending a strong message that he intends to work with everyone for the best interests of the State of Illinois.

On Wednesday following his victory over Gov. Pat Quinn, Rauner named the leadership of his transition team that will help him take over the reigns of state government immediately after he is sworn in to office in January.

The transition team will be led by Evelyn Sanguinette, his running mate and Lieutenant Governor-elect. She will be supported by: Mike Zolnierowicz, Transition Director; Chip Englander, Senior Advisor; Nancy Kimme, Transition Advisor; Mike Schrimpf, Communications Director.

“I am committed to assembling a diverse and talented team to drive results for our state and bring back Illinois,” Bruce Rauner said. “There is no one better prepared to help me achieve our administration’s goals than Evelyn. She has been my partner throughout this campaign and will continue that role as we prepare to take office.”

“I look forward to working with the Governor-elect to build an administration that reflects our state’s diversity and is prepared to lead on Day One,” Evelyn Sanguinetti said.

The transition committee is also committed to disclosing and capping all contributions to the effort. More details about the transition will be announced in the near future.

On Thursday, Rauner announced the names of his transition team members, including Bill Daley, Rev. James Meeks and the respected former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar.

The transition committee consists of a broad range of community, business, faith and political leaders whose expertise will help make Illinois the most compassionate and competitive state in the union.

“I am committed to assembling a diverse and talented team to drive results for our state and bring back Illinois,” Bruce Rauner said. “Today, I am pleased to announce key members of the transition committee who I have selected to work alongside Evelyn Sanguinetti and our senior transition staff as we prepare to take office. It is an honor to have such a talented group of individuals working with me to get our state working for the people again.”

  • Governor Jim Edgar
  • Bill Daley – Managing Partner and head of U.S. operations, Argentiere Capital LP, former White House Chief of Staff
  • Glenn Poshard – Former President, Southern Illinois University; former U.S. Congressman
  • Rev. James Meeks – Founder and Senior Pastor, Salem Baptist Church of Chicago; former Illinois State Senator
  • Manny Sanchez – Founder and Managing Partner, Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP; Co-Chair, Latinos for Obama
  • Doug Oberhelman – CEO and Chairman, Caterpillar Inc.
  • State Representative Jill Tracy – 94th District, Illinois House of Representatives
  • Ron Huberman – Operating Executive, Prairie Capital; former Superintendent and CEO, Chicago Public Schools
  • Phyllis Wise – Chancellor, University of Illinois
  • Jim Alexander – President, Illinois State Police Command Officer’s Association (ISPCOA)
  • Congressman Aaron Schock – Representative, 18th Congressional District of Illinois
  • Arabel Alva Rosales – President, AAR & Assocs., LTD.Ron Gidwitz – Partner, GCG Partners
  • John Gates – Chairman and CEO, PortaeCo, LLC.
  • Pastor Corey Brooks – Founder, New Beginnings Church of Chicago
  • Rob Funderburg – Chairman and owner, Alpine Bank
  • Mark Cozzi- Managing Partner, Lincoln Park Capital Group
  • Tony Anderson – Retired Vice Chairman and Midwest Managing, Partner Ernst & Young
  • Sarah Frey-Talley – President, CEO Frey Farms
  • Gloria Cardenas Cudia – President and Founder, Salsa Business Network
  • Jim Schultz – Founder of Open Prairie and Managing Director of Open Prairie Ventures I and II
  • Dr. Willie Wilson – Chairman, Chicago Baptist Institute International (CBII)
  • Eleni Bousis – Board Chair for the Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Centre, Entrepreneur of Frontida (CARE) Institution supporting and assisting women and families in need and Board Member for Leadership 100 and the Little City Foundation.
  • Ryan Ruskin- President and COO, Ruskin Group
  • Beth Christie – Founder and CEO, Avent America
  • Ed McMillan – Principal and CEO, McMillan L.L.C
  • Andrea Brown – Member of the Illinois State Board of Education, former Regional Superintendent, teacher and administrator

Ray Hanania

Blogger, Columnist at Illinois News Network Online
Ray Hanania is senior blogger for the Illinois News Network online news site. He is an award winning former Chicago City Hall political reporter and columnist who covered the beat from 1976 through 1992 (From Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley).

In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. He hosted a live weekend Radio Show on WLS AM radio from 1980 through 1991, and also on WBBM FM, WLUP FM and shows on WSBC AM in Chicago and WNZK AM in Detroit.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. He currently is syndicated through Creators Syndicate and his column is feature every Sunday in the Saudi Gazette in Saudi Arabia. He has written for the Jerusalem Post,, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His Chicagoland political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News on several Chicagoland blogs including the and

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