Director Joe Beyer

In April 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner designated Joe Beyer as Director of the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL). Joe has served in numerous roles in both the public and private sectors over the past 10 years.

From 2015 to 2017, Joe was a member of the Governor’s policy and operations teams. During this time, he worked closely with a number of State agencies, including Central Management Services, Veterans Affairs, Historic Preservation, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. He also played an extensive role in large-scale projects such as comprehensive procurement reform and the disposition of the James R. Thompson Center.

From 2007 to 2010, Joe spent three years at Aon Hewitt (formerly Hewitt Associates) as an actuarial associate, providing pension consulting services to clients. During graduate school, he completed internships at Deutsche Bank, William Blair, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  

 A native of Chatham, Illinois, Joe received a B.S. in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  He currently lives with his family in Chicago.