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This is The Players, your update on who's who in Illinois politics and what they're up to. We encourage you to comment on Illinois leadership.Amanda Vinicky curates this blog that will provide follow-up to full-length stories, links to other reports of interest, statistics, and conversations with you about the issues and stories.

The Players: Meet Linda Lingle, Rauner "Superstar" And Illinois COO

Amanda Vinicky

Illinois now has a chief operating officer: Linda Lingle. Gov. Bruce Rauner talks a lot about the "superstars" he's hired to help him run the state, and she's considered one of them. She's come to Illinois from Hawaii, where she was governor for eight years.

Amanda Vinicky and a couple other reporters happened to run into Lingle for the first time, on the opening night of the Illinois State Fair and walked alongside her as she marched in the parade. Here's a portion of the on-the-move interview.

At that point, one of Rauner's handlers said it was time to enjoy the parade.

Lingle's making $198,000 a year in her new job.

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.
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