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Lisa Bonnett, Director

Lisa Bonnett was appointed Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency by Governor Pat Quinn, effective March 18. 2013. Director Bonnett has more than 30 years experience in state government, including more than 20 years at the Illinois EPA. She served as Deputy Director since 2008, including a term as Interim Director from March 2011 to October 2011. Director Bonnett has been a driving force behind Governor Quinn’s Clean Water Initiative, which helps local governments overhaul aging drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and distribution and collection systems, while creating 28,000 jobs. Director Bonnett also led negotiations in 2011 that resulted in a streamlining of the Illinois EPA that improved Illinois’ business climate by making the permit process more efficient while still safeguarding the environment. She previously served as the Chief Financial Officer, where she managed the agency’s complex $2 billion annual budget and also implemented several cost-efficiency initiatives. She holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Illinois-Springfield.


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