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Illinois governors face new limits on how long people can run state agencies without legislative approval.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill Friday that requires him to submit nominees for Senate review more quickly. It also bars him from naming someone an "acting" agency director if that person has already been rejected for a permanent appointment.

Agency directors and commission members serve for specific terms. But often their terms expire and governors don't replace them or reappoint them. The official simply keeps serving month after month.

A governor also can name someone to a temporary position without submitting the nomination for review.

Lawmakers objected, saying these practices undercut the Senate's role in reviewing key government personnel.

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