About IDHHC

The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission (IDHHC) is an executive state agency that promotes education and awareness of the legal requirements for effective communication on behalf of people with hearing loss in Illinois. The Commission also advocates to improve communication access to all state program and services of Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons.

The Commission's core functions are to:

  1. Promote independence for individuals with a hearing loss;
  2. Increase quality and number of sign language interpreters;
  3. Provide educational awareness regarding hearing loss; and
  4. Provide statewide resources.

Statutes: (20 ILCS 3932/) Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission Act
Administrative Rules: Title 2: Chapter LXIII: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission 

Staff
Benro Ogunyipe, Director
Tonia Bogener, Legal Counsel
Patty Greene, Personnel Manager/Fiscal Officer
Dana Craig, Program Coordinator 
Lee Taylor, Office Assistant
Vacant, Interpreter Coordinator
Vacant, Administrative Assistant

Commissioners
The Commission is governed by eleven (11) Commissioners who are appointed by the Governor's Office and represent different geographical areas of Illinois. At least six (6) of the Commissioners must be deaf, hard of hearing, or DeafBlind. The Commissioners meet on a quarterly basis at the IDHHC office in Springfield, Illinois. For more information, please visit Commissioners & Meeting Information.

Interpreter Licensure Board
The Interpreter Licensure Board consists of seven (7) members appointed by the Commission Director. The Board provides recommendations to the Commission Director on issues related to the Interpreter for the Deaf Licensure Act of 2007. For more information, please visit Interpreter Licensure Board & Meeting Information.