Former Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Renee Cipriano
shouldn’t have a huge learning curve at her new job – as a lobbyist for a major
energy company, she’ll be working against a number of policies she established.
According to the Chicago Tribune,
Cipriano – along with several other lawyers from her Chicago-based law firm – have been hired by the St. Louis, IL-based Ameren Corp. to lobby against
Illinois state laws that crack down on mercury pollution.
Many of those laws, according to the Tribune,
are policies that were being considered or were implemented during Cipriano’s
stint as Illinois EPA director, which ended in May 2005.
Cipriano and her compatriots aren’t the first Illinois state employees
to leave their posts for contradictory jobs in the private sector. On January
24, 2005, Jack Hartman, director of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority,
announced he was leaving his position for – you guessed it – a company that
works on toll roads.
Hartman joined with the Rise Group, a Chicago-based construction firm
that has earned more than $250,000 in profits from its work with the tollway,
according to the Tribune.