Gov. Rauner’s education secretary stepping down

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SPRINGFIELD —  The shake-up and changes continue inside Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration.

Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis is leaving and her last day will be Friday.

Purvis was a key member of Rauner’s education plan. She will be leaving to join a national non-profit organization.

She leaves just weeks after state lawmakers passed a new school funding bill.

“Beth has been a tireless advocate for Illinois children and families,” Gov. Rauner said in a press release, “We are deeply grateful for her efforts.”

Last month, four of the governor’s staff members called it quits after a controversial political cartoon.