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October 20, 2003

Governor Accepts Resignation of Labor Director Fenger

Chicago – Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today accepted the resignation of Michael Fenger, Director of the Illinois Department of Labor.  Fenger sent a letter of resignation to the Governor on Monday announcing his decision to leave his post effective immediately to accept a position as a pension fund manager at Vestor Capital Corporation in Lake Forest.
In his resignation letter, Fenger noted, “It has been a pleasure working for Governor Blagojevich as the Director of Labor, enforcing the state’s important labor laws.   While this has been a rewarding assignment, it has also been an enormous undertaking given the state’s fiscal crisis and the need for all state agencies to do more with less.  Being Director has meant long hours and time away from home and family, and after several months on the job, I feel my efforts will be better spent working for union members in a new capacity.”
Assistant Director Esther Lopez will serve as Acting Director of the Department of Labor while a search is conducted for a new Director.  Lopez most recently worked for the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C., in the Field Mobilization Department. 
The Illinois Department of Labor enforces laws concerning workers wages, working conditions and safety, including minimum wage, overtime and prevailing wage laws and the state’s new Equal Pay Act.  The department has a budget of $6 million and 90 employees.


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