Democrat Bob Flider served in the Illinois House from 2003 to
2011, representing a central Illinois district.
Flider a "tireless, effective leader for rural farming
Flider also served as mayor of Mount Zion from 1995 to 2003.
He started his career as a reporter with the Mattoon Journal
Gazette and Charleston Times-Courier.
He's worked since last year at a nonprofit organization that
promotes technology access in rural communities.
Flider will replace the acting director, H.W. Devlin. Tom
Jennings retired from the post in October after 33 years with
the department and three as director.
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