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Governor Rauner replaces chief aide with libertarian group Illinois Policy Institute’s CEO

SPRINGFIELD (Heartland Newsfeed) – Gov. Bruce Rauner is replacing his chief of staff with the head of the libertarian-leaning Illinois Policy Institute.

Illinois Policy Institute President & CEO Kristina Rasmussen. It was announced today that Rasmussen will be stepping down from her position to become Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s new Chief of Staff in a press release. (File photo from Illinois Times)

Rauner announced Richard Goldberg is stepping down effective Monday. The new chief of staff will be Kristina Rasmussen, who served as president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Policy Institute. Rauner has previously donated to the group and hired other staff from the organization, which runs a legal center and a news service.

Rauner cites Rasmussen’s work “to defend taxpayers.”

Legislators recently approved a state budget that includes an income tax increase, over the Republican governor’s objections. Several Republicans backed the plan.

Goldberg has been a chief aide to Rauner for over three years, including during the 2014 gubernatorial campaign. He plans to return to foreign policy and national security consulting.

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Jake Leonard is the editor-in-chief of Heartland Newsfeed. He is general manager of Heartland Internet Media Networks, an active contributor to the Nokomis Free Press-Progress/The Morrisonville Times and serves as website administrator for Pana News, Inc. He also serves as chairman of Tri-Counties Libertarian Party, deputy communications director for the Libertarian Party of Illinois and as chairman/co-founder of the Libertarian Party Millennial Caucus.

Governor Rauner replaces chief aide with libertarian group Illinois Policy Institute’s CEO