Governor Pat Quinn has appointed State Representative Julie Hamos to be director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.  Rep. Hamos, who decided not to seek re-election, said she will resign her seat as representative from the 18th Legislative District effective April 15.

In a prepared statement, Rep. Hamos said, “I am most excited and challenged by President Obama’s vision for the promise of a truly effective health-care system, accessible to all. That’s why I’m thrilled to join Governor Quinn’s team to help lead the effort to implement health-care reform in Illinois. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services is the largest agency in state government, responsible for Medicaid and the child-support system, with a budget of $18 billion. … My goals will be to create efficiencies in Medicaid, execute nursing-home improvements, design the state structure for a national health-care changes that will be implemented over the next few years and build public support for health-care reform.

Rep. Hamos says she expects that the Democratic Committeemen will appoint Robyn Gabel as her replacement for the remainder of the current legislative session. Ms. Gabel won the Democratic primary election for 18th District representative.