The staff members in this part of Rutherford’s operation combine to have more than $470,000 in salary. They include CURT CONRAD, a former executive director of the Illinois Republican Party, as director, making $99,000. Carlson, officially the manager of logistics, is also paid $99,000.
STEVE ETTINGER, logistics and services specialist, had also worked for the state GOP and is paid $52,000. SHIRLEY JOHNSON, manager of event planning, makes $52,500. ROB WINCHESTER, a former president of Associated Builders & Contractors of Illinois and son of BOB WINCHESTER, a member of the GOP State Central Committee, is a logistics specialist paid $67,500. GRANT HAMMER, logistics specialist and candidate for the Springfield Park Board, is paid $52,000. And Springfield Ward 4 Ald. FRANK LESKO, another logistics specialist, is paid $50,000 annually.