Munger named interim DCEO director

Munger named interim DCEO director

Munger named interim DCEO director

Takes business development role as McCarthy leaves for private sector

Gov. Bruce Rauner today said that Deputy Gov. Leslie Munger would be taking on the new role of acting director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). She replaces Director Sean McCarthy, who has accepted a position in the private sector.

“Leslie has more than two decades of private-sector experience, has connections with top business leaders, and is familiar with our pending economic development projects,” Rauner said. “In addition, she’s our point person on the Amazon HQ2 bid and leads the Bicentennial effort. She is the clear choice to take on this interim role.

“Sean is a tremendously capable manager whose leadership has helped to re-energize our state’s business development efforts,” the governor continued. “He was instrumental in helping Illinois attract companies such as Flex-N-Gate, Buddig, Faber-Castell and Haribo’s North American Headquarters. He’s been a difference-maker for minority entrepreneurs and small businesses, and he has been an outspoken champion of transparency.”

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoes legislation that would force suburban taxpayers to pay for waste and corruption at the Chicago Public Schools. The bill would take the majority of school funding from the suburbs and earmark it to bailout Chicago Public Schools, which are in debt to the amount of more than $17 billion. Photo courtesy of Governor Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner. Photo courtesy of Governor Rauner

Munger has led the administration’s business development efforts, including overseeing DCEO, since February 2017 when she was appointed deputy governor. In addition to her Amazon role, Munger has been a key player in the Discovery Partners Institute, the plan created by the governor to spur massive economic development through partnerships between the state’s research universities, tech entrepreneurs and businesses.



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A native Illinoisan, she earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois and her master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In the private sector, she held executive and brand level positions with Helene Curtis/Unilever, Procter & Gamble and McKinsey and Co.

Prior to becoming deputy governor, Munger served as Illinois’ comptroller.

“Director McCarthy has built a great team,” Munger said, “and I look forward to continuing to work with our partners at Intersect Illinois and with leaders in business, technology and education throughout the state to build our businesses and create jobs for Illinois.”


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Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

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