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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2004

Blagojevich appoints new membership to the Illinois Prisoner Review Board
Governor continues commitment to reform state boards and commissions Jorge Montes to become first Latino chairman of the Prisoner Review Board

SPRINGFIELD – Following through on his commitment to reform the state’s full-time boards and commissions, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today filed papers reconstituting the Prisoner Review Board.  The Governor appointed five new members to the Prisoner Review Board and reappointed ten members.  As a result of the Governor's reform, members of the Prisoner Review Board will not be permitted to hold outside employment, therefore re-enforcing their commitment to the board's responsibilities.
 
“Today’s appointments help us fulfill a goal that we announced in February of last year.  I made a commitment to transform the composition of the state’s boards and commissions to save the people of Illinois money and restore some measure of their faith in government,” Blagojevich said.
 
Governor Blagojevich nominated Jorge Montes, a member of the Prisoner Review Board since 1994, as chairman of the reconstituted board.  Montes was appointed to the board first by former Gov. Jim Edgar in 1994 and was reappointed in 1997.  According to Prisoner Review Board records, Montes will become the first Latino to serve as chair.  
 
The members being reappointed, whose terms officially begin May 1, are:
  • Jorge Montes, of Chicago, chairman, (Term expires 1/19/2009)
  • David A. Frier, Ph.D., of Springfield, was a professor of political science at Western Illinois University, 1971-1986, and most recently owned an antique dealership.  (Term expires 1/15/2007)
  • Eric W. Althoff, of Effingham, served as Effingham County coroner and has also
    served as associate funeral director for the Bauer Funeral Home and as a volunteer firefighter.  (Term expires 1/19/2009)
  • Barbara Hubbard, of Collinsville, member of the Prisoner Review Board since 1992, has worked in the past as a juvenile detention consultant for the Illinois Department of Corrections and as a correctional parole agent.  (Term expires 1/19/2009)
  • Milton A. Maxwell, Carbondale, member of the Prisoner Review Board since 1993, has also served as a chief managing officer with the First Judicial Circuit Probation Division of Jackson County, Murphysboro, and as an institutional parole officer with the Arkansas Board of Pardons and Parole.  (Term expires 1/17/2005)
  • Craig Findley, of Jacksonville, member of the Prisoner Review Board, served as chairperson since 2001, has worked in the past as the president of Findley Associates, Inc., and as the deputy director of inter-governmental affairs for the Illinois Department of Transportation.  (Term expires 1/17/2005)
  • James R. Donahue, member of the Board since 1993, has served in the past as the Tazewell County Sheriff and as a patrol officer with the Pekin Police.  (Term expires 1/17/2005)
  • Robert L. Dunne, of Chicago, member of the Board since 1999, has worked as the president and CEO of R.L. Dunne & Co. and is an active veteran of the United States Army.  (Term expires 1/15/2007)
  • Norman M. Sula, of Naperville, member of the Prisoner Review Board since 2000, has also worked as a quality engineer and supervisor for Lucent Technologies and as an engineering supervisor and chief quality engineer.  (Term expires 1/15/2007)
  • Nancy L. Bridges-Mickelson, of Golconda, member of the Board since 2001, has also served as a public service administrator for the state of Illinois, and as an administrative assistant for the Illinois Department of Conservation.  (Term expires 1/15/2005)
     
    The new members, whose terms begin May 1, are:
  • Geraldine E. Tyler, of Olympia Fields, most recently worked as the executive assistant to the chief of probation for the Cook County Adult Probation Department, and as a jury room supervisor for the Circuit Court of Cook County.  Tyler has also worked as a probation officer for the Cook County Adult Probation Department.  (Term expires 1/19/2009)
  • Andrew Fox, of Chicago, worked most recently as the Cook County assistant state’s attorney for the Juvenile Justice Bureau and has served as a member of the Hispanic Advisory Council to Richard A. Devine on issues affecting the Hispanic community.  (Term expires 1/15/2007)
  • Jesse D. Madison, of Chicago, worked most recently as special assistant to state Senator and Senate President Emil Jones.  Madison also worked as the president and CEO of the Abraham Lincoln Center and as a senior accountant on the corporate staff at Maremont Corporation.  (Term expires 1/15/2007; will begin on Board on June 1st.)
  • Thomas L. Johnson, of West Chicago, founded and worked most recently as an attorney for Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt P.C.  Johnson also served as an Illinois state representative for the 50th District from 1993-2003.  (Term expires 1/15/2007)
  • John W. Stenson, of Peoria, worked most recently as the chief of police for the City of Peoria, also served as an assistant police chief, a police captain, a lieutenant, sergeant, detective and officer with service in the past to the American Red Cross and the Peoria Boys Club.  (Term expires 1/15/2005)
     
    The Illinois Prisoner Review Board is an independent, quasi-judicial entity that makes decisions on a range of adult and juvenile prison inmate matters. Included among the roles of the Prisoner Review Board is to make confidential recommendations to the Governor on clemency petitions. All members of the Prisoner Review Board are appointed by the Governor, with approval from the State Senate.  The salary for board members is $72,951 and $81,432 for the chairperson.
     
    The Prisoner Review Board is the fourth state board or commission to be reconstituted by Governor Blagojevich.  Last Fall, the Governor reduced the size of the Illinois Labor Relations Board from six members to five full-time members. The Governor also reduced the Illinois Pollution Control Board from seven members to five members.  Like the Prisoner Review Board, members of the Illinois Labor Relations Board, the Illinois Pollution Control Board and the Illinois Industrial Commission are prohibited from holding outside employment.


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