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Pritzker appoints Laura Kent Donahue to Illinois State Board of Elections

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Governor JB Pritzker announced Wednesday the appointment of Laura Kent Donahue to  the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Donahue represented Western Illinois in the state senate from 1981 to 2002, serving as majority caucus chair from 1993 to 1997 and assistant majority leader from 1997 to 2002. Before her appointment to the Illinois State Senate, she worked at the Illinois Veterans’ Home in Quincy.  She previously served on the Board of Transitions of Western Illinois, YMCA board and the Quincy Society of Fine Arts. She received her Bachelor of Arts in education from Stephens College.

Donahue currently serves on the Illini Community Hospital Board and previously served as the Illinois senior advisor for LS2 Group from 2014 to 2017.

The governors office also announced the appointment of Bill Haine to the board. Haine most recently represented the Metro East region in the 56th district of the Illinois Senate from 2002 to 2018. Prior, Haine served 14 years as the Madison County State’s Attorney and 10 years on the Madison County Board.

In addition to Donahue and Haine, Pritzker also stated that William McGuffage and William Cadigan would continue to serve on the board.


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