CHICAGO (AP) - A spokeswoman says Gov. Pat Quinn is ready to move forward after a spat with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the executive director of a sports facility board.
The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority chose Kelly Kraft on Thursday. She's Quinn's chief spokeswoman and had the Chicago Democrat's full backing. But Emanuel had publicly questioned her candidacy and her experience.
Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the governor was pleased with the appointment and is ready to work with Emanuel on a number of issues coming up, including pension reform.
Also, a former Chicago alderman, former journalist and philanthropist has been appointed to Illinois state positions.
Gov. Pat Quinn announced that former Chicago Alderman Manny Flores will be secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Quinn also appointed the president of the Illinois chapter of AARP, Merri Dee, to the Illinois Human Rights Commission.
Quinn announced appointments to nearly 20 state boards, departments and commissions.