Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has named Maine Township Republican Committeewoman Charlene Foss-Eggemann, a prominent figure in GOP politics in the northwest suburbs, to the Illinois Human Rights Commission.
The Commission investigates and adjudicates claims of discrimination in the state.
A corporate counsel consultant for LexisNexis, Foss-Eggemann is a resident of Park Ridge. "Her extensive experience as an attorney will be a valuable addition to the commission," said a May 5 press release from Rauner's office.
Maine Township encompasses Park Ridge, Des Plaines, and parts of Niles and Mount Prospect. Foss-Eggemann was elected to her committeewoman post there in 2014. Her campaign was supported by the Liberty Principles PAC, which is headed up by radio personality Dan Proft and is aligned with Rauner.
Foss-Eggemann replaces Personal PAC CEO Terry Cosgrove, who is gay. Cosgrove earlier in 2017 released a Personal PAC questionnaire Rauner submitted during his gubernatorial campaign wherein Rauner professed to support reproductive freedom. Rauner's office recently said that he would not support a bill that would nullify a "trigger law" that would automatically make abortion illegal in Illinois should Roe v. Wade be overturned. The Commission's sole LGBT member is now AON executive and Howard Brown Health Board Chair Duke Alden.