Rep. Costello II Leaves Legislature to Take Post in Pritzker Administration

May 7, 2019

A state representative from southern Illinois has resigned to become the director of law enforcement for the state Department of Natural Resources.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker Tuesday announced he appointed Jerry Costello II to the post. The Smithton Democrat has served in the Illinois House since 2011. Pritzker says he has valuable experience as a police officer and in Operation Desert Storm.

Costello graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale before joining the Army and serving in Iraq. He returned home to become a police officer, rising to assistant chief of police.        

Costello says it will be an honor to lead the IDNR officers.

He resigned his seat in the Illinois House.