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Former Gov. Lingle resigns from Illinois governor's administration

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle has resigned as chief operating officer for the governor of Illinois.

Lingle joined Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “turnaround” team in January 2015, and was touted as a “superstar governor” from the islands.

She was earning $198,000 in the COO spot.

In a statement issued Friday, Rauner praised Lingle, saying “she has done a great job of helping to move our state in a new, positive direction.”

The announcement came a day after Rauner signed a six-month stopgap state budget that included none of the reforms he’d proposed, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Rauner didn’t explain Lingle’s resignation. In the statement, Lingle thanked Rauner for the chance to serve and added, “I believe in the work Gov. Rauner is doing to turn around the state of Illinois and am honored to have served in his administration toward transforming government operations.”

Lingle served as Hawaii's first female governor from 2002 to 2010.

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