Letters to the Editor

July 22, 2014

Substance to this Quinn appointee

OK, I admit it. I read the BND headline "Quinn puts moratorium on IDOT political hiring," saw the accompanying photo of the 30-something new Illinois Department of Transportation secretary appointee and prepared to lambast Quinn for not putting his money where his mouth is.

Then I did some online research on his appointee, Erica Borggren. Instead of finding her to be just another pretty political appointee face, I found a diamond. Her education, experience and accomplishments thus far are all

positively glowing. She's a West Point valedictorian, Rhodes and Truman scholar, Iraqi warrior, Medic company commander, and Army four-star speechwriter. Most recently she served long and admirably as the Illinois

Department of Veterans Affairs director.

The White House recently named her as one of 10 national veteran industry leaders as a "Women Veteran Leader Champions of Change." The program highlighted her incredible contributions to our nation's business, public

and community service sectors.

To top all that off, she is married and the mother of two.

Talk about a breath of fresh air. On the surface she sounds like just what the doctor would order to cure IDOT.

Please join me in crossing your fingers and wishing her the best of luck.

Bill Malec

O'Fallon

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