Developmental Disabilities, Illinois Council on
The mission of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities is to help lead change in Illinois so all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities exercise their right to equal opportunity and freedom.
Secretary of State, Office of the
The office’s functions are described in the Illinois Constitution, mainly addressing the Secretary of State's duty to maintain official state records and the state seal. However, law and tradition have assigned many additional responsibilities to the office, which has one of the largest and most diverse collections of responsibilities of any of its counterparts nationwide.
Children and Family Services, Department of
The mission of Illinois DCFS is to protect children who are reported to be abused or neglected and to increase their families' capacity to safely care for them; provide for the well-being of children in our care; provide appropriate, permanent families as quickly as possible for those children who cannot safely return home; support early intervention and child abuse prevention activities and work in partnerships with communities to fulfill this mission.
State Fire Marshal
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal is dedicated to working with our partners and providing assistance to the fire services in the protection of life, property and the environment through communication, inspection, investigation, certification and licensing.
Public Health, Department of
The mission of IDPH is to promote health through the prevention and control of disease and injury. IDPH assures the quality of our food, sets standards for hospitals and nursing homes, investigates disease outbreaks, maintains the state’s vital records, screens newborns, and many other programs.
Healthcare and Family Services
"The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) is responsible for providing healthcare coverage for adults and children who qualify for Medicaid, and for providing child support services to help ensure that Illinois children receive financial support from both parents. The agency is organized into two major divisions, Medical Programs and Child Support Services. In addition, the Office of Inspector General is maintained within the agency but functions as a separate, independent entity reporting directly to the Governor's Office.
Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of the Illinois EPA is to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the social and economic needs of the State, so as to protect health, welfare, property and the quality of life.
Founded in 1974, the Illinois Lottery has contributed over $19 billion (since 1985) to the state’s Common School Fund to assist K-12 public schools, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars to the Capital Projects Fund and other special causes.
Natural Resources, Department of
To manage, conserve and protect Illinois' natural, recreational and cultural resources, further the public's understanding and appreciation of those resources, and promote the education, science and public safety of Illinois' natural resources for present and future generations.
Emergency Management Agency
The primary responsibility of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is to better prepare the State of Illinois for natural, manmade or technological disasters, hazards, or acts of terrorism.
Human Rights, Department of
The Department of Human Rights administers the Illinois Human Rights Act ("Act"). The Act prohibits discrimination in Illinois with respect to employment, financial credit, public accommodations and housing. The Act also prohibits sexual harassment in education.
Human Services, Department of
Illinois created DHS in 1997, to provide our state's residents with streamlined access to integrated services, especially those who are striving to move from welfare to work and economic independence, and others who face multiple challenges to self-sufficiency.