Gov. Bruce Rauner replaced a longtime state election regulator Wednesday. In paperwork filed with the Illinois Secretary of State, the Republican governor announced the end of former Bloomington Mayor Jesse Smart’s 14-year tenure on the Illinois State Board of Elections. Smart, who served as mayor of Bloomington from 1985 to 1997, is being replaced by Madison County Republican Party Chairman Andy Carruthers of Edwardsville.
Smart, 75, will remain on the board as chairman until July 1, according to Rauner’s appointment message. Membership on the eight-member board pays a base salary of $35,571.
The new members are subject to confirmation by the Illinois Senate.
The appointment of Carruthers was among several changes made by the new governor to the board that oversees elections in Illinois.
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