Pending approval by the Illinois State Senate, Bob Flider has been appointed as Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Flider served in the Illinois House from 2003 until he lost his re-election bid in 2010. He served as mayor of Mt Zion from 1995 to 2003.
As a state legislator, the Democrat was a member of the House Agriculture and Conservation Committee.
Flider said he will work closely with agriculture and agribusiness leaders to meet Governor Pat Quinn’s goal of doubling Illinois' exports by 2014.