In January 2019, Governor JB Pritzker designated Michael D. Kleinik as Director of the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL). On May 31, 2019, the Illinois Senate voted unanimously to confirm Kleinik in his role as director.
Kleinik has a long career of public service and service to the labor community. He began his public service as a deputy sheriff in Bond County in 1979, also serving as a police officer in Vandalia, Illinois throughout the 1980s. He later was twice elected as Fayette County sheriff, serving from 1990 to 1998.
Following his service as sheriff, Kleinik moved on to fill the role of Field Supervisor Midwest Region Foundation for Fair Contracting Midwest Region Laborers' District Council. Following his four years of service with the District Council, Kleinik was named manager of the Illinois Department of Labor's Conciliation and Mediation Division. He also served as IDOL's chief of staff from 2006 to 2008.
In late 2008, Kleinik became Executive Director Chicago Laborers District Council – Labor Management Cooperation Committee, where he served until 2018. Kleinik then served as Executive Director of the Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois and registered lobbyist for the alliance before being asked to serve as IDOL director by Governor Pritzker.