Senators call for review of Health Department Assistant Director appointee

By WEEK Producer

May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A group of Republican Illinois Senators are calling for a confirmation hearing on Dr. David Gill’s nomination to become the Assistant Director of the Illinois Health Department.

State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) is the latest to call on the Senate Executive Appointments Committee to hear testimony from Dr. Gill about the circumstances of his appointment and his qualifications for the position.

Under the state constitution, Gill's appointment must be reviewed and voted on by the Senate.

The committee charged with reviewing the Governor's appointments held its last hearing Monday and did not include Gill on the list of appointees to be reviewed.

“Dr. Gill is my constituent, and he has asked me to sponsor his appointment,” said Senator Barickman. “But, as long as he, the Governor, and the Senate Democratic leadership refuse to put him forward for a public hearing, he won’t have my support.”

Barickman says the state constitution gives the Senate the duty to advise and consent on the Governor’s appointments to major positions.

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