Dec. 5, 2018: Kirk Lonbom plans to retire as the Illinois Chief Information Officer at the end of this month, December, 2018, after thirty-eight years working in government. Lonbom, 59, succeeded Hardik Bhatt in 2017 as Illinois’ CIO and the Acting Secretary of Technology. Longom started his government career in 1980 as a Police Officer. He worked in uniform, as a detective and in undercover positions. He later joined the Illinois State Police in 2002 as an Intelligence Analyst. From there, he subsequently held the positions of Assistant Chief of Intelligence and Deputy CIO. He was next the CIO and Chief of Technology for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. He was finally the state’s first full-time Chief Information Security Officer at the newly-created Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology. Lonbom graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in criminal justice.