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Mack out as Preckwinkle's spokeswoman; Vaughan is replacement

The chief spokeswoman for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been reassigned from her duties and is now the communications director for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.

Kristen Mack, a former Chicago Tribune city hall reporter who joined Preckwinkle’s administration in 2012, will be the chief spokeswoman for the hospital system, according to a release sent out Tuesday.

In a brief conversation, Mack said the move to the hospital system was “a good thing.”

A separate release, sent out by Preckwinkle’s office, said Mack “will lead efforts to raise the profile of [hospital] leadership, services and programming.”

The hospital system has its own governing board and is independent from the county president’s office.

Mack’s replacement, Karen Vaughan, was previously a spokeswoman for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.

Before joining the forest preserve, Vaughan was the director of public affairs for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Before that, Vaughan was a manager of communications for the Chicago Office of Tourism under former Mayor Richard M. Daley.