Gov. Blagojevich named former Downstate legislator Kurt Granberg to head the IDNR late Friday.
This is very much a thumb in the eye of every person concerned with the outdoors in Illinois.
Traditionally, such appointments are automatically approved by the Illinois Senate. But as one insider pointed out, these are not ordinary times.
We can only hope the Senate steps up. Here's more on Granberg.
For more than a year, Granberg was rumored to be in line to be IDNR director, a post filled on an acting basis for three years by Sam Flood, a Democratic power in Washington County.
Granberg was a legislator from 1987 until he resigned just before the House voted to impeach Blagojevich. Granberg had risen in Democratic circles to be assistant majority leader under Michael Madigan.
Bottom line, there is no reason other than political ones for Granberg to become IDNR director.
Blagojevich, who has abused and misused his responsibility toward Illinois outdoors during the length of his reign, just had to get one more shot in before his ass is out the door.
We deserve much better. Our natural world deserves better.