Not bad work if you can get out of it
Joel Brunsvold, who has overseen the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, during a time of budget cuts and layoffs, will retire Saturday.Not a bad parting gift for nearly a quarter century of politicking. Hope he's able to make ends meet.
The Milan resident will leave state government with a taxpayer-paid pension worth an estimated $96,200 per year based on his 23-year tenure as a lawmaker and agency director.
"He’s looking forward to spending more time with his family," said DNR spokesman Chris McCloud.
Prior to joining the Blagojevich administration, Brunsvold, a Democrat, represented the Quad-City area in the Illinois House for two decades.
The governor has appointed Brunsvold aide Sam Flood as interim director until a replacement is found. Flood, who makes $96,000 a year, is not in the running to become the next director.
I'm sure all the retired factory workers he represented who have had their pensions pulled out from under them wish him well.