The director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is retiring. In a statement, Governor Pat Quinn praised 65-year old David Vaught and thanked him for his state service. The retirement came days after a report from the Illinois Inspector General's Office found abuses of hiring laws and lax review of applicants' qualifications at DCEO. They occurred before Vaught took over, and Quinn's office says the report and the retirement are unrelated. Quinn has appointed Adam Pollet as the department's acting director, effective Monday. He's a Harvard Law School grad who's served as deputy director for the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment. Vaught was appointed director of DCEO in April after heading the Governor's Office of Management and Budget since 2009.
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