Gov. Quinn announces new head of state police

March 22, 2009 4:38:39 PM PDT
Less than two days after the resignation of Larry Trent, Gov. Pat Quinn has named a new director of the Illinois State Police.Military veteran Jonathon Monken is taking over as director.

Monken is a former U.S. Army captain. As a tank platoon leader, he organized more than 100 combat missions in Iraq without losing any soldiers.

"I think John is the kind of a leader that the men and women of the Illinois state police can look up to. He has fortitude in a great capacity, and we know everyone in the state police has those characteristics," Quinn said.

Monken graduated from West Point in the top 1 percent of his military class rank.