After a careful selection process, the governor named Dr. Ron
Winters, a recently retired family practitioner from Elgin, and
Courtney Avery, an experienced public heath professional from
Chicago, to fill the final two vacancies on the Health Facilities
"These two new members bring
important experience to the Health Facilities Planning Board that
complements the qualities and ability of the three other members,"
said Gov. Blagojevich. "Now, with a full roster, this board can
continue along its new path -- to restore the confidence of health
care providers and the public."
Dr. Winters, I-Elgin, recently
retired from his family practice after serving the area for 40
years. Before settling in Elgin, he served in the U.S. Army Medical
Corps at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colo.
Courtney Avery, D-Chicago, is the
program director of the Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, a
mental health provider. Avery, a lifelong resident of the south side
of Chicago, has worked in various sectors of government. She has
experience in program management and development, advocacy,
budgeting, and public policy.
In August, the governor signed
legislation terminating the terms of the previous nine members of
the board, allowing him to appoint new members to a leaner
five-member board. The governor then tapped a former congressman,
Glenn Poshard, D-Carbondale, to chair the board and named Pamela
Woodward, D-Palos Park, and Susan Lopatka, R-Chicago, to the board.
The two new members the governor
appointed to the Executive Ethics Commission on Friday are James
Brennan, an experienced ethics and compliance consultant from
Wheaton, and Lawrence Oliver, chief counsel of investigations at The
Boeing Company from Chicago. Brennan and Oliver join seven existing
members on the commission.
"I'm very proud of the caliber of
individuals that we've appointed to this commission," said Gov.
Blagojevich. "Mr. Brennan and Mr. Oliver bring even more integrity,
maturity and experience to an already impressive panel."
James Brennan, R-Wheaton, is a
published author, noted speaker and an editor on ethics and
compliance topics. He is a 1994 graduate of Marquette University Law
School. His professional experience includes managing the government
compliance function at Motorola Inc., serving as a judicial clerk at
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and practicing
commercial litigation at the law firm of Quarles & Brady.
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As the chief counsel of
investigations at The Boeing Company, Lawrence Oliver, I-Chicago,
manages the company's internal and external legal investigations.
Prior to joining Boeing in September of 2004, Oliver was a partner
at the law firm of Perkins Coie in Chicago, where he concentrated on
investigations and litigation. During his tenure at Perkins Coie,
Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed Oliver to serve on the panel that
investigated the city's building code enforcement in connection with
the E2 Nightclub tragedy in February 2003.
The Executive Ethics Commission is a
key component of sweeping ethics reform signed by the governor in
late 2003. The historic reform package provides more definitive
rules regarding what constitutes improper use of state time and
resources, improves ethics training and reporting procedures, and
establishes strong enforcement mechanisms to ensure ethics rules are
followed. The nine-member commission reviews and determines
appropriate action in cases brought forward by the executive
inspectors general and represented by the attorney general.
The governor appoints five members
to the commission, and the attorney general, secretary of state,
state treasurer and comptroller each appoint one member. Commission
members cannot be state government employees.
Members of the Executive Ethics
- Ellen Craig, appointed by the
- Scott Turow, appointed by the
- John Cusick, appointed by the
- James Brennan, appointed by the
- Lawrence Oliver, appointed by the
- Shawn Denney, appointed by
Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
- Maria Kuzas, appointed by
Secretary of State Jesse White
- James Faught, appointed by
Comptroller Dan Hynes
- Frederick Hess, appointed by
Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka
Members of the Executive Ethics
Commission are paid $31,912, the same part-time salary rate as
members of the Illinois State Board of Elections, and require
confirmation by the Illinois Senate. Members of the Health
Facilities Planning Board also require Senate confirmation. They are
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