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Rauner Names Major GOP Contributor, Others To Historic Preservation Board

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has appointed a long-time businessman and major Republican contributor to chair of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Board of Trustees.

Rauner announced Friday that James Bruner of Jacksonville will take over the board of the agency the governor has attempted to disband. Bruner is president of United Contractors Midwest, an asphalt paving company. State records indicate Bruner will serve until January _ the remainder of current Democratic chairwoman Sonia Fischer's term. A Rauner spokeswoman did not respond to a request to explain the switch.

The governor named three others as trustees.

Andy Volpert is a teacher at Southeast High School in Springfield.

Jane Hay is a real estate broker who also serves as president of the Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce.

Gail Shiel is a self employed interior designer from Chicago.

Rauner and Democrats in the Legislature were close to removing the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library from preservation agency oversight in May and folding the agency into another state department, but those talks collapsed.

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