Pritzker-Stratton Administration Makes Personnel Announcement

Thursday, December 27, 2018


Chicago, IL — Today, Governor-elect JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton made the following personnel announcements for their incoming administration:

Ann Spillane will serve as General Counsel in the Office of the Governor. Spillane has served as chief of staff for Attorney General Lisa Madigan since her election in January 2003. In the role, she oversaw an office of more than 750 employees, including over 385 attorneys, and an annual budget of more than $80 million. Previously, Spillane served as a senior staff attorney at the Environmental Law and Policy Center and partner at Sachnoff & Weaver. She also clerked for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. She received her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

David Harris will serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). Harris is a retiring member of the Illinois House of Representatives where he served as the Republican spokesperson for the Appropriations-General Service and Revenue & Finance committees. He has held his House seat since 2011 and previously served the same chamber from 1983 to 1993. Harris also served as Senior Vice President of the Illinois Hospital Association, Adjutant General for the State of Illinois, and Deputy Director and Chief of Staff of the U.S. State Department’s Iraq Reconstruction Management Office (IRMO) where he oversaw $18.4 billion in Congressional funds. Harris is a Life Member of the Association of the US Army, the Military Officers Association of America, the National Guard Association of the US, and the Illinois National Guard Association. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, and his professional military education includes the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College in residence, Military Police Officer courses, and training and leadership seminars at the U.S. Army War College.

John Sullivan will serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA). Sullivan served as state senator of the 47th district from 2003 to 2016 and as chair of the Senate’s Agriculture and Conservation committee. During his tenure in the Senate, Sullivan was a strong advocate for the state’s vital agricultural industry and pioneered new agricultural and renewable fuel programs. He also championed legislation to create jobs, improve industry and infrastructure, and grow the economy. Before elected office, Sullivan managed his family-owned auction business that specialized in farm real estate and machinery. A Rushville resident, he received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Quincy College, now Quincy University.

Sean Rapelyea will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for External Affairs in the Office of the Governor. Rapelyea currently serves as deputy transition director and previously as political director for JB for Governor. Prior, he served as Illinois Political Director for the Hillary for America campaign during the general election, where she garnered a 17–point win margin. Rapelyea previously served as Deputy Director of Government Affairs for the Office of the Mayor in Chicago after working as a Regional Field Director and Advisor to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 and 2015 re-election campaigns. In 2010, he worked on Arkansas Senator’s Blanche Lincoln’s primary, runoff, and general election campaign. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Washington College.

Additional personnel announcements will be made on a rolling basis.


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