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Commerce Commission Taps First Black Executive Director

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Michael Merchant, then CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority addresses the City Club of Chicago on November 19, 2014.

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Commerce Commission has named its first male Black executive director. Michael Merchant started his position with the state regulatory agency on Tuesday.

He replaces Christy George, who joined Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration as first assistant deputy governor for budget and economy.

Merchant is responsible for supervising approximately 200 commission employees and managing the agency’s budget.

The quasi-judicial body supports five commissioners who set rules and govern public utilities, transportation of freight and railroad safety, and provide consumer education.

 

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