Quinn picks police veteran to run state police
By ZACHARY COLMAN The Associated Press March 25, 2011 8:38PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
SPRINGFIELD — Hoping his second choice to lead the state police is more successful than the first, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday nominated a law enforcement veteran to serve as the state’s top cop.
The Democratic governor picked Hiram Grau, a deputy chief of investigations for the Cook County state’s attorney. He served in the Chicago Police Department for 27 years, rising to deputy superintendent for the Bureau of Investigative Services, and is a Vietnam War veteran.
Grau’s nomination is a marked difference from Quinn’s first recommendation for the post. Quinn selected Jonathon Monken, then 29, in March 2009. Monken had no law enforcement experience and legislators treated the nomination coldly.
Quinn withdrew Monken’s nomination earlier this year. Monken is now director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
Quinn also announced union leader Joe Costigan as his nominee for director of the state Department of Labor.
Costigan is Chicago secretary-treasurer of Workers United, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, and is a past president of Illinois State AFL-CIO.
Costigan would replace Catherine Shannon. Quinn’s office did not immediately respond to messages asking why the governor removed Shannon, who was still listed as director Friday afternoon on the Department of Labor website.
The Senate has 60 session days to confirm or reject Quinn’s nominees.
“Hiram Grau and Joe Costigan have devoted their careers to service and the people of Illinois,” Quinn said in a statement. “I am confident that their strong leadership will greatly enhance the programs and services these departments provide.”
Quinn also re-appointed Larry Matkaitis as state fire marshal and named John Schomberg as general counsel for the governor’s office.
Matkaitis got the job more than a year ago after three decades in the Chicago Fire Department. Schomberg has been acting general counsel for nearly a year.