Pritzker reappoints several top leaders for health agencies

Several leaders of the Illinois agencies that oversee healthcare services will remain in place, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday.

That includes Dr. Sameer Vohra, who will continue to serve as director of the Department of Public Health. He has overseen the agency since last year, taking over for Dr. Ngozi Ezike, who initially led the agency under Pritzker’s administration.

Other officials who are staying include Grace Hou, who will continue to serve as secretary of the Department of Human Services, a role she has held since 2019.

Paula Basta, who has led the Department of Aging as its director since 2019, will continue in that role. ​​Terry Prince will continue to serve as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, a position he has held since 2021.

Several state agencies were not included in Pritzker’s announcement, including the Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Department of Insurance.

The administration did not return a request for additional information.

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