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6/10/2013 2:52:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lawrence/Crawford employee among governor's appointments
CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn today made a number of key appointments to the state's boards and commissions, including a Robinson woman.

Mario Johnson, of Robinson, works for the Lawrence Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens day program. Johnson was appointed to the Council on Developmental Disabilities. The appointment does not require Senate approval.

"These individuals are committed to serving the people of Illinois on our state boards and commissions," Governor Quinn said. "I am confident these capable people will help make our state an even better place to live and work."

Residents who are interested in serving on boards and commissions can now apply online.

Other appointments are as follows:

  Chicago Transit Authority Board: Frank Zuccarelli, of South Holland, currently serves as Supervisor of Thornton Township, having been first elected in 1993.  

Medical Licensing Board: Dr. Philip Dray is a physician at Chicago's Mount Sinai Hospital. Dray fills a vacant physician's position on the board. The appointment requires Senate approval.

  State Police Merit Board: Earl Hernandez is a principal in Rockford School District 205.  

Council on Developmental Disabilities: Catherine Christensen of Woodstock has been re-appointed to the Council. Jose Ovalle of Chicago is the father of 21 year old male twins who have high functioning autism, and is affiliated with several autism related organizations that provide support and services to the families.

  Abbey Heins of Bloomington is a person with a developmental disability and is a member of the Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization.

Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board: William Patrick Hartshorn of Danville, Vermilion County Sheriff for the past 22 years and in law enforcement for 40 years.

For more information on all of the state's boards and commissions, or to apply to serve on a board, visit


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