Pritzker names Ag transition committee

Doug Finke State Capitol Bureau @DougFinkeSJR


Nov 21, 2018 at 4:58 PM

A former state senator from the Springfield area will co-chair Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker’s transition committee to advise him on agricultural issues.

John Sullivan, a former Democratic senator from Rushville, will co-chair the Growing Our Agricultural Economy Committee with Colleen Callahan, former state director for rural development in Illinois of the U.S. department of Agriculture. Sullivan served in the legislature from 2003 to 2017.

Lt. Gov-elect Juliana Stratton said that one in 17 jobs in Illinois is connected to agriculture.

“This committee will focus on policies that help our agriculture and rural communities thrive, from investing in farm market infrastructure and expanding access to capital for family farmers to defending agricultural education and growing rural areas in downstate Illinois.”

The 22 member committee includes a mix of people working directly in agriculture and others who are not, along with both rural and urban representatives. Among those on the committee are Glenn Poshard, former president of Southern Illinois University and one-time Democratic candidate for governor, Tim Drea, secretary-treasurer of the Illinois AFL-CIO, Rich Guebert, president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago, Juan Luciano, president and CEO of Archer Daniels Midland, Mark de Souza, CEO of Revolution Cannabis, and Rep. Jerry Costello Jr. D-Smithton.





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via News – The State Journal-Register

November 21, 2018 at 05:10PM

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