Deputy Gov. Ruiz leaving Pritzker administration and ‘the public sector’

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Jesse Ruiz in 2015.
Jesse Ruiz in 2015. | Rich Hein/Chicago Sun-Times file

Ruiz, who has served as Pritzker’s deputy governor for education, has been with the governor’s office for nearly three years.

Deputy Gov. Jesse Ruiz will leave Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration, the governor announced Monday, crediting Ruiz with making “an enormous difference for our entire state’s education systems.”

Ruiz, who has served as Pritzker’s deputy governor for education, has been with the governor’s office for nearly three years.

At an unrelated news conference Monday, Pritzker thanked Ruiz, whom he’s known for more than 25 years, for his work.

“He is kind, he is loyal, he is committed to excellence for our state,” Pritzker said. “As of today, Jesse will be leaving the public sector, having served in his role with me for approaching three years and having made an enormous difference for our entire state’s education systems.

“I’ll miss him, but Jesse has more than earned his right to what I hope will be a life filled with less stress, fewer late night phone calls about classroom pandemic policies from me and every teacher and superintendent throughout the state of Illinois, and more time with his family that he loves so much.”

Before his latest job, Ruize served in various education positions, including stints as chairman of the state’s board of education, vice president of the Chicago Board of Education and as interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools.

He also ran in the Democratic primary for Illinois attorney general in 2018, losing to Kwame Raoul, who went on to win the general election.

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August 23, 2021 at 02:00PM

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