Rauner Expected To Name IDOC Director Today

(SPRINGFIELD, IL) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected today to name a U.S. State Department official to run the Illinois Department of Corrections, the governor’s office told The Southern Illinoisan on Sunday. Rauner has selected 54-year-old Donald Stolworthy to oversee the D.O.C. The appointment comes as state lawmakers push to reopen Tamms Correctional Center in Alexander County, shuttered by former Gov. Pat Quinn in early 2013, and union officials continue to express concern about prison overcrowding that they believe jeopardizes staff and inmate safety. Stolworthy will replace S.A. “Tony” Godinez, 62, who had been at the helm of the prison system since May 2011 until his temporary replacement last week. Stolworthy will earn $150,228, an amount set by statute, which was the same salary that Godinez received. Stolworthy managed the construction of all five prisons in Iraq as the deputy director of operations and warden adviser while working for the State Department and U.S. Justice Department, the release states. Rauner has said he hopes to reform the corrections system to cut down on recidivism and systematically reduce the prison population, and also has called for the hiring of 473 new correctional officers in an attempt to reduce overtime payouts that have topped $60 million the previous two fiscal years.