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posted: 11/2/2012 8:09 AM

Gov. Quinn pleased with ISFA director choice

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Associated Press

A spokeswoman says Gov. Pat Quinn is ready to move forward after a spat with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the executive director of a sports facility board.

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority chose Kelly Kraft on Thursday. She's Quinn's chief spokeswoman and had the Chicago Democrat's full backing. But Emanuel had publicly questioned her candidacy and her experience.

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The authority's board has seven members; four are picked by Quinn and three by the mayor. The governor's four appointees voted for Kraft after a closed meeting.

Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson says the governor was pleased with the appointment and is ready to work with Emanuel on a number of issues coming up, including pension reform.

The board cited Kraft's expertise in budgets and communications.

The authority manages U.S. Cellular Field.

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