Rauner Appoints IL State Museum Board Members

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner:

Governor Announces Appointments

CHICAGO – Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has made appointments to the Illinois State Museum Board and appointed the Kendall County Public Guardian and Administrator.

Look at this sign in the Illinois State Museum carefully.

Look at this sign in the Illinois State Museum carefully.

Position: Board Member – Illinois State Museum Board

Name: Donna Sack

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Donna Sack to the Illinois State Museum Board. Sack has nearly 30 years of museum and association management experience making her an ideal member of the board.

Sack is currently the Executive Director of the Association of Midwest Museums. In this role she is in charge of the museums day-to-day operations and provides strategic direction to the organization.

Previously she worked as the Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Museums and oversaw the transition from being a state-operated entity into a 501 (c) 3. From 1993 to 2011 she was the Director of Visitor Services of the Naper Settlement in Naperville.

Sack is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. She lives in Naperville.

Name: Brian Anderson

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Brian Anderson to the Illinois State Museum Board. Anderson has more than 35 years of experience in natural resources preservation and analysis, which will bring an important perspective to the board. He previously oversaw the Illinois State Museum in his role at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR).

Anderson is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, where he oversees strategic planning and coordinates programs across the five Illinois scientific surveys. Previously, he was the Director of Institutional Improvement at Lincoln Land Community College where he coordinated accreditation compliance, strategic planning and institutional research. Anderson also worked for IDNR for nearly 20 years in a number of roles, leaving the agency as the Director of the Office of Resource Conservation.

Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree at Kalamazoo College, his master’s degree from DePauw University and his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Louisville. He lives in Rochester.

Name: Roger Taylor

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Roger Taylor to the Illinois State Museum Board. He is a former trustee of the Historic Preservation Agency and will bring a unique perspective to the board.

Taylor currently is of counsel to Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he does part time pro bono practice and teaches trial practice. From 2001-2011 he served as President of his alma mater, Knox College.

In addition to his work, Taylor is an active member of Rotary International, Galesburg, a board member for Illinois Humanities and a church council member at Wiley Lutheran Church. He is a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserves.

Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Knox College and a law degree from Northwestern University. He lives in Galesburg.

Position: Kendall County Public Guardian and Administrator

Name: Rick Law

Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Rick Law as Kendall County Public Guardian and Administrator. Law’s extensive experience makes him a natural choice for this position.

Currently, Law is a managing partner at Law ElderLaw LLP. The firm concentrates on elder law, estate planning and guardianship. He has been with the firm since 2004. Previously, he owned his own business, Law Title Insurance Company. The company provided real estate title insurance and closing services. He was also a partner at Jordan & Law, a law firm specializing in real estate, title insurance, and construction.

Law has presented to the Illinois State Bar Association on numerous occasions and is the co-author of the American Bar Association Book “Alzheimer’s and the Law: Counseling Clients with Dementia and Their Families.”

Law holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Illinois State University and a law degree from Northern Illinois University. He lives in Oswego.


Rauner Appoints IL State Museum Board Members — 2 Comments

  1. The “Closed Due to Lack of Specimens” sign is on a fake door, to make a point?


    Illinois State Museum

    Missing Pieces

    From 290 million to 1.8 million years ago, Illinois must have been a hotbed of geological, biological, and climate change, but clues about what happened here during this long interval are mostly missing.

    The Age of Dinosaurs and most of the Age of Mammals came and went without leaving much trace in Illinois.

    Rocks were either not deposited, or they were eroded away.

    During this time Illinois moved from its position just south of the equator to a position about 4,500 kilometers (2,800 miles) north of the equator.

    The environment varied widely throughout this time interval—from tropical rain forests to dry deserts.




    Paleontology in Illinois

    “No dinosaur remains have ever been found in Illinois, although they probably lived in the area.”




    “Illinois may be home to one of the world’s first-class cities, Chicago, but you’ll be sad to learn that no dinosaurs have ever been discovered here–for the simple reason that this state’s geologic sediments were being eroded away, rather than actively deposited, during most of the Mesozoic Era.”



    University of Illinois Extension

    “Were dinosaurs in Illinois? Scientists think there might have been, but no fossil remains have been found.”


  2. The sign above the door says more, it’s Jack’s future home with most of the past gov dudes.

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