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Governor Quinn Announces Key Appointments 

CHICAGO - April 25, 2011 - Governor Pat Quinn today announced appointments to his executive cabinet. Today’s actions are the latest in a series of appointments Governor Quinn is making as he continues to fulfill his commitment to creating jobs, fostering economic development and increasing efficiency and accountability in all areas of state government.

Governor Quinn today named Salvador “Tony” Godinez to lead the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). Acting Director Gladyse Taylor will return to her previous position as assistant director.

In his announcement, Governor Quinn stated that Godinez has devoted his career to public service, and the people of Illinois will benefit from his wealth of knowledge and experience. The Governor also thanked Taylor for her dedication and leadership and looks forward to her continued work on behalf of the people of Illinois.

Godinez most recently served as the executive director of the Cook County Sheriff’s Department of Corrections. Godinez has spent 37 years working in the correctional system, including as warden of Stateville Correctional Center as well as chief of operations and chief of staff at IDOC.

Previously, Godinez also served as warden of Ely State Prison, a maximum security facility in Ely, Nevada, and as a corrections administrator in Michigan, Delaware, Louisiana and Puerto Rico. A graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago and Chicago State University, Godinez has participated in professional associations related to anti-violence and corrections policy nationwide.