Gov. Pritzker Appoints 5 New Members to University of Illinois Board of Trustees

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Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker appointed five new members to the nine-member University of Illinois board of trustees.

Pritzker announced the appointments Thursday morning January 31, 2019 before a University of Illinois board meeting in Chicago.

The appointments include …

former Democratic State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson,

attorney Kareem Dale (Democrat),

private equity CEO Donald Edwards, (Democrat)

human services agency CEO Ricardo Estrada (Democrat), and

attorney Patricia Brown Holmes (Democrat).

Democrats Holmes and Estrada previously served on the board from 2011 to 2017.

Edwards was appointed by former Gov. Bruce Rauner but he hadn’t been confirmed yet. Dale worked in former President Barack Obama’s administration.

Under Illinois law the governor appoints trustees to staggered six-year terms with the advice and consent of the Illinois Senate.

No more than five trustees can be from the same political party.

Other trustees with party affiliations are …

Ramón Cepeda (Independent)

Stuart C. King (Republican)

Edward L. McMillan (Republican)

Jill B. Smart (Republican)

Trayshawn M. W. Mitchell (unknown)

Darius M. Newsome (unknown)

Shaina Humphrey (unknown)

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