Quinn hands appointments to staff on way out door

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn handed out some prestigious appointments to staff members on his way out the door. The Democrat appointed Tumia Romero to an $85,900-a-year Prisoner Review Board seat on Monday. Romero had made $113,000 as assistant labor director. Romero formerly worked for Democratic U.S. Rep. Danny Davis. She says there she played key roles in developing ex-offender legislation and programs. Sean Vinck — who made $120,000 as the state’s chief information officer — received a $20,000 post on the Clean Energy Commission Foundation Board. It’s a private foundation that doles out energy-efficiency grants. Human Services Secretary Michelle Saddler was appointed to the Teachers’ Retirement System board. It oversees public-school instructors’ pensions. Vinck and Saddler did not respond to requests for comment.