Rauner staff shake up continues

Some political experts said a staff shake up three year's into a governor's term is a sign of instability. (WICS)

Another staff shake up in the governor's office.

Four of Governor Bruce Rauner’s communications staffers have submitted their resignations.

Among them, Rauner’s director and his deputy director of communications.

At least three out of the four were hired just a month and a half ago.

That's when Rauner made several major changes to his top aides.

Some political experts said a staff shake up three year's into a governor's term is a sign of instability.

“It just makes it look like the governor isn't fully in control of what’s going on and that’s not what you want to project when you're trying to build momentum for legislative achievements,” said Kent Redfield, retired UIS political science professor.

Gov. Bruce Rauner released this statement Thursday:

“Diana Rickert, Laurel Patrick, Meghan Keenan and Brittany Carl have submitted their resignations to the Office of the Governor.
We are grateful for their hard work on behalf of the people of Illinois and wish them all the best going forward.
Elizabeth Tomev is acting communications director.”

Thursday evening, another change up was announced.

His office released the following statement:

General Counsel Dennis Murashko will leave the Administration at the end of August to pursue opportunities in the private sector. As part of the legal team's succession planning, Kenton Skarin will assume the role of Acting General Counsel to the Governor. He currently is serving as the Governor's Deputy General Counsel and is responsible for managing all aspects of legal operations within the Administration.
“One of the most talented and creative lawyers, Dennis has been my trusted senior adviser for almost three years, and I have always valued his good counsel,” Gov. Rauner said. “On behalf of the residents of our great state, I wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Before assuming a role in the Administration, Kenton worked in the Issues and Appeals Practice of Jones Day’s Chicago Office. There, he practiced complex litigation and appeals in trial and appellate courts in Illinois and across the country. Kenton also previously served as law clerk to the Honorable Justice Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court and to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth District. Kenton graduated first in his class from Northwestern University School of Law and summa cum laude from North Central College in Naperville. He is a lifelong resident of Illinois.
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