Just nine months on the job, Gov. Bruce Rauner is already on his fourth director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, illustrating the challenge of running one of the more troubled and troublesome agencies in state government.
First, there was Salvador "Tony" Godinez. He was Gov. Pat Quinn's prisons chief and planned to retire at the end of last year, but Rauner asked him to stick around for nearly two months during the transition.
Then came Donald Stolworthy, a Virginian and former State Department official who oversaw the construction of prisons in Iraq. He lasted less than three months.
Gladyse Taylor was next, named acting director while the...