Quinn Appoints Port Board

Springfield, IL – Six of seven members have been appointed so far to the newly created Massac-Metropolis Port Authority. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn last week appointed Larry Douglas, Richard Kruger, and Randall Rushing to the board, which is charged with overseeing the port's development. They join Scott Garrett, Julie Johnson, and Kristy Stephenson, who were earlier appointed by the mayors of Brookport, Joppa, and Metropolis. The river port is expected to bring an economic boost to southern Illinois, bringing in several hundred jobs and increasing exports of coal.