Hannig and Ribley Confirmed by Senate
The Illinois Senate confirmed two key appointees to Governor Quinn’s cabinet. Former State
Representative Gary Hannig was confirmed, on a vote of 56-0, as the head of the Illinois Department of
Transportation (IDOT). Hannig testified before the Senate Executive Appointments Committee that one of his
top priorities as Secretary of IDOT is to pass a capital construction bill for road and bridge projects.
Warren Ribley was confirmed by the Senate with an identical 56-0 vote. He will take over as Director of the
Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Director Ribley also testified before the Senate
Executive Appointments Committee and pledged his support for a capital bill to be passed this year.
The Illinois General Assembly will return on Tuesday, May 12. Both Chambers will convene at noon.
The House and Senate will now have two weeks to pass substantive bills. The last week following
Memorial Day will be used to consider the budget for Fiscal Year 2010.