By Mark Maxwell
An Urlacher has been appointed to Illinos state office, just not the Urlacher you're thinking of.
Friday, Governor Pat Quinn named Brian Urlacher's brother, Casey, as the newest member of Illinois' Civil Service Commission, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Casey, the mayor of Mettawa, has a background in excavation, construction, as well as a brief stint playing semi-professional football.
According to the state's website, the commission hears and determines employee appeals of discharges, suspensions, transfers, allocations, layoffs and demotions under the personnel code and rules. Urlacher will split duties while he remains serving as mayor of Mettawa in Lake County. The new appointment will earn him $25,320 in annual income. His older brother Brian earned $710,937.50 per game in 2011 — approximately $10,000 per play — in his highest earning season as a Bear.
State employees represented by the new civil service commissioner should hope that Casey Urlacher's negotiation skills exceed that of his brother and his agent. Urlacher retired from the NFL in choppy fashion after failing to reach a contract agreement with the Bears front office after the 2012 NFL season.