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Former high-ranking Chicago cop named State Police director

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Gov. Quinn on Friday appointed a former Chicago cop and high-ranking aide to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to head the Illinois State Police.

Hiram Grau will fill the post vacated in February by Jonathan Monken, who was Quinn’s 2009 choice to head the state law-enforcement agency but was moved to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency after being unable to win Senate confirmation as State Police director.

Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed on Tuesday first reported that Grau was Quinn’s pick to lead the department.

Grau is a 27-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department and had been mentioned as an interim successor to former Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis, who stepped down earlier this month. Grau, who had been a finalist for Chicago’s top police job when Weis was hired, had been a street patrolman, sergeant, lieutenant, commander and first deputy within Chicago’s police department.

In 2008, Alvarez appointed Grau to be the No. 2 in command in the state’s attorney’s investigations bureau.

Grau will take over the State Police on April 11 but still must win Senate confirmation.

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