As she prepares to move into the President's office, she's bringing in some veteran political talent to ease the transition.
Yesterday, Preckwinkle announced the leaders of her "transition team." Included on the roster are two former opponents in the 1994 Illinois governor's race: Dawn Clark Netsch, a longtime Democratic state senator who proposed a tax increase very similar to Pat Quinn's more than 15 years ago, and Jim Edgar, a moderate Republican who won election in '94 largely by attacking that plan.
Despite their former differences, the two are among the most respected statesmen in Illinois, and the President-elect used the transition team as an example of her ability to bring opposing sides together.
From a press release:
One of the failings of the current Administration has been the inability and unwillingness to build such coalitions. During the past four years there has been a lot of division in the County and almost no unity. Meeting the many difficult challenges facing Cook County will require a leader who can bring people together around common goals.
Netsch and Edgar are two of the four honorary co-chairs of the team; James Compton, former head of the Urban League, and Arthur Velasquez of Azteca Foods round out the list. Other co-chairs include people from academia, business, politics and advocacy groups.
For a full list of Preckwinkle's transition team members, click here.
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