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Illinois governor hires Linda Lingle

    Former Hawaii governor and Senate candidate Linda Lingle made a surprise appearance ahead of the first printout tonight at the campaign headquarters of Linda Lingle in Kalihi.

CHICAGO >> Gov. Bruce Rauner is tapping former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle to serve in his administration. 

A spokesman for Rauner confirmed Thursday that Lingle will be the Republican governor’s chief operating officer. The announcement comes during a preview of the State of the State address Rauner gave at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Rauner describes the 61-year-old Lingle as a “superstar” former governor who served eight years in office. 

Rauner spokesman Lance Trover says Lingle will start sometime in May or June.

Lingle was elected as Hawaii’s governor in 2002 and re-elected in 2006. She is a Republican who lost a bid for a U.S. Senate seat in 2012.

She was born in St. Louis and moved to Hawaii in 1975.

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