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Rauner Staffer Fired as Shakeup Continues in Governor's Office

NBC 5 has learned Brad Hahn was fired Tuesday morning

The shakeup in Governor Bruce Rauner's office continues as NBC 5 has learned Brad Hahn was fired Tuesday morning.

Hahn had served as deputy chief of staff for public engagement and communications director. He has been a longtime GOP staffer, working for both Comptroller Judy Barr Topinka and Leslie Munger.

When Hahn was hired last year, he was part of the 23 people who worked for Munger and were then hired by the Rauner administration when Munger lost her bid for re-election.

Insiders said the morale inside the Rauner office and campaign is very low among those who do not agree with the governor's decision to shift his strategy to a more conservative tone.

A day earlier, Rauner announced that his chief of staff is leaving the governor's office. Richard Goldberg, who served a three-plus-year term as senior adviser to the Rauner 2014 campaign and Chief of Staff for the governor, will be "transitioning back to foreign policy, national security and consulting," the governor's office said.

He will be replaced by Kristina Rasmussen from the Illinois Policy Institute.

“Rich is one of the most talented policy, political and communications advisors I’ve ever met and I will forever be indebted to his faithful public service for the last three and a half years,” Rauner said in a statement. “I respect his decision to return to national security, foreign policy and consulting. Diana and I will always value his counsel and we wish him the best of luck in his next adventure.”

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