Rauner picks DuPage official to lead disaster prep agency

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Updated 1/30/2015 7:59 PM

A DuPage County emergency management leader could soon be in charge of preparing Illinois for floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and other disasters.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday appointed James Joseph of Carol Stream to lead the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.


Joseph is the director of DuPage County's Emergency Management Department.

Joseph, 33, founded Center for Security Intelligence, a private security company.

His appointment is subject to confirmation by the Illinois Senate, and he would replace Jonathan Monken in the job.

Since taking office earlier this month, Rauner has been replacing agency leaders across state government, phasing former Gov. Pat Quinn's picks out.

Rauner also appointed former Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Don Tracy to be the state's top casino gambling regulator.

Tracy will become chairman of the Illinois Gaming Board, subject to Senate approval.

Tracy is a downstate attorney and the brother-in-law of Jil Tracy, who was gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard's running mate in last year's primary election.

In the early days of his administration, Rauner revoked Quinn's reappointment of Aaron Jaffe as chairman of the board.

It wasn't immediately clear what Jaffe's future on the board would be. But Tracy's appointment means Jaffe, a longtime critic of gambling expansion, is out.

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