Rauner taps Munger as deputy governor

Rauner taps Munger as deputy governor to leverage her versatile skillset


Chosen for her extensive business, government and human services experience, former Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger was named deputy governor today by Gov. Bruce Rauner in order to support conquering the state’s financial ordeals.

“We are thrilled that she has agreed to return to public service and bring people together to find long-term solutions for our state and its residents,” Rauner said, according to CapitolFax.com.

Munger’s history prior to public service includes stints at private sector companies Unilever HPC/Helene Curtis and Procter & Gamble, as well as nonprofit human services work helping disabled adults. She spent 20 years doing volunteer work.

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The former comptroller, who lost the November 2016 election to Susana Mendoza in a spirited competition, will now serve alongside current Deputy Gov. Trey Childress, according to CapitolFax.com, and earn $135,000 annually. With her broad skill set, she is expected to participate in a range of roles, from budget discussions to working with area nonprofits to help them attain stability.

“I love Illinois, I was born and raised here, educated here, and my husband and I chose to raise our family here,” Munger said. “I am excited to use my skills and experience to help get our state back on track, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work to bring financial strength to state government and ensure that Illinois lives up to the promises it has made to our human service organizations.”

Munger earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

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