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Costello appointed to lead Illinois Department of Agriculture

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SPRINGFIELD (WSIL) -- Governor JB Pritzker has appointed Jerry Costello II to serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

Costello represented the 116th District in the Illinois House from 2011 to 2019. During that time, he served as chair of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee and on the Pritzker-Stratton Agriculture Transition Committee.

In May 2019, Costello was named Director of Law Enforcement for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

“With farming playing an important role in his family’s history and a career of public service, there’s no better person to lead the Illinois Department of Agriculture at this time than Jerry Costello,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “Our agriculture sector drives our state’s economy to the tune of $19 billion every year, and I’m confident that Jerry’s deep experience will bring a steady hand to the department and continue the impressive growth of this vital industry.”

“I’m honored to continue serving the people of Illinois and excited to take the helm at the department I once oversaw in the state legislature,” said Jerry Costello II, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. “As a leading producer of soybeans, corn and swine, Illinois is home to the most dedicated farmers in the world, and I look forward to partnering with them to grow our state’s agricultural economy."

Jerry Costello II replaces former state Sen. John Sullivan who resigned in January.

His appointment must still be confirmed by the Illinois Senate.

Mandy Robertson

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