A former U.S. attorney has been appointed to the board of trustees at the University of Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn appointed Patrick Fitzgerald to the board Friday. Known for taking down corrupt politicians, most notably former governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, Fitzgerald joined a private law firm after stepping down from the U.S. attorney’s office in 2012.
“I sat down with Patrick Fitzgerald and he told me how he wanted to get involved in education in Illinois in a way that could help men and women across our state, and so I thought that this was a very good area for him to serve in,” Quinn said. Fitzgerald replaces Lawrence Oliver II, who voted in the 2010 Democratic primary but was appointed as an independent. “There’s a legal requirement that the board have no more than, I think, five of one party,” Quinn said. The board is currently made up of five Democrats, three Republicans, and an independent. Oliver was appointed by Quinn, who says there will be a place for Oliver in state government. “I really want him to continue in government,” Quinn said. “We have some important assignments dealing with integrity in particular, that he would be most helpful on. So I hope he can stay with us in another area of service and I look forward to working with him.”
Quinn also reappointed Dr. Timothy N. Koritz and James Montgomery to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.