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Another Illinois Tollway official hits the road
By Marni Pyke | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/18/2009 12:03 AM | Updated: 9/18/2009 12:10 AM

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The Illinois Tollway leadership exodus continues as the agency's technology chief becomes the seventh top administrator to leave within a year.

Ted Young, chief of information technology, resigned Wednesday from his $142,632 position at the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority.

Tollway officials would not discuss Young's reasons for stepping down or the circumstances surrounding his departure, saying it was a personnel matter. The agency will appoint an acting chief and begin searching for a permanent replacement, spokeswoman Joelle McGinnis explained, saying of Young, "We wish him good luck in his future endeavors."

Young was hired in October 2003, the same year former Gov. Rod Blagojevich brought in a new team of executives to reform the agency. Following Blagojevich's arrest and ouster in January, Gov. Pat Quinn pledged to clean house at the tollway and has introduced a new chairman and board members.

The administrator revolving door started last October with Executive Director Brian McPartlin exiting, followed in December by his replacement Executive Director Jeff Dailey and in February by acting Executive Director Dawn Catuara. In June, Chief of Administration Tracey E. Smith walked, and in August board Chairman John Mitola resigned, as did Inspector General Tracy Smith.

Young's job responsibilities involved overseeing information technology data communications, IT operations and field support, and enterprise information services.