According to CNN, Rick Beard, director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, was fired by Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday, October 28 after he was discovered that Beard had been arrested twice for shoplifting. As director of the museum, Beard, 61, made almost $250,000 a year.
In August, Beard was charged for trying to steal a DVD set worth $40 from Target. He plead guilty. Last year, Beard was also charged with theft after being caught allegedly stealing neckties from a shopping mall worth $300.