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Quinn names Duffin acting DHS secretary
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Published: 8/27/2010 12:01 AM

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Gov. Pat Quinn has named Grace Hong Duffin as acting secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services, where she has been serving as chief of staff since 2009.

Quinn announced Thursday that Hong Duffin would replace former DHS Secretary Michelle Sadler, who left the post earlier this week when Quinn named her as his new Chief of Staff.

Hong Duffin, who was born in South Korea, immigrated to the U.S. in 1975. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, has a law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law and a masters in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Before joining the DHS, she spent eight years as an assistant state's attorney in Cook County.