The former director of the state Department of Natural Resources and former St. Clair County clerk has died at age 78.
Sam Flood was a lifelong Democrat in public service, working as an Illinois state trooper and serving on the St. Clair County Board of Review, Democratic State Central Committeeman and other organizations. He was a former director of the St. Clair County Children’s Home and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, as well as a former county clerk and assessor in St. Clair County.
Flood was at one time the downstate liaison for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who appointed him interim director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in 2005. He served with IDNR until 2009, including some time as deputy director.
“He was a loving husband, father and grandfather,” his obituary read. “He loved to laugh, drink, eat, hunt, golf and entertain his friends.”
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Flood’s family connections became controversial as recently as 2011, when his son, Scott Flood, was allowed to resign after a suspension so that he would be eligible for a state pension. The state inspector general’s office had investigated the younger Flood since 2009, when investigators were examining hiring practices of the Blagojevich administration. Scott Flood served as a state park manager since 2003.
Flood resigned from IDNR not long after Blagojevich was removed from office, after a family tragedy: a car crash killed his teenage grandson in 2009.
Services will take place Friday at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, and condolences can be expressed at www.kurrusfh.com.