St. Louis Public Radio News
3:46 pm
Tue January 7, 2003

George Ryan Makes More Last Minute Appointments

Springfield, IL – With just a week left in office, Illinois Governor George Ryan is making more appointments to state jobs.

Yesterday he appointed a Chicago area State Senator and a senior aide in his office to the state's Pollution Control Board. The jobs went to Republican Senator Doris Karpiel of Carol Stream and senior environmental adviser Lynne Padovan. He also gave a job to State Senator William Shaw, a Democrat who lost in November.

The three will earn $99,000 a year if the State Senate confirms their appointments.

Today is the last day Republicans will control the Illinois Senate, and that chamber is expected to approve the appointments before relinquishing power to the Democrats tomorrow.

Incoming governor Rod Blagojevich has criticized Ryan for filling jobs that could be left for the next administration.