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Rasmussen Was Registered Lobbyist Before Joining Rauner’s Staff

ICPR Executive Director Sarah Brune was quoted in this article

via – The Peoria Journal Star

“SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner is apparently backing off of a campaign position from 2014 when he said senior administration officials should not be selected from among the ranks of lobbyists.

Rauner’s new chief of staff, Kristina Rasmussen, has been a registered lobbyist in the state since 2010, records show. Rasmussen, the former president of the Illinois Policy Institute, was registered first as a lobbyist for the IPI and later for Illinois Policy Action, an affiliated organization.

Although many states, including Illinois, restrict or prohibit senior officials from engaging in lobbying activities after leaving government employment, Rauner proposed in 2014 taking that a step further. In a position paper on ethics, there was a section titled “Halt Pat Quinn’s Revolving Door.”

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