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Title:Rural Affairs Council, Governor's
Website:http://www2.illinois.gov/ltgov/Pages/RuralAffairs1.aspx
Function:To formulate a comprehensive policy for rural development and enhance the quality of life in rural Illinois
Term:N/A
Senate Confirmation:No
Compensation:Not specified
Composition:25 members -- Lt. Gov. serves as chairperson -- Membership includes one representative from each of the following non-profits -- Illinois Agricultural Association -- Rural Partners -- Membership also includes one representative from each of the following governmental agencies: -- Department on Aging -- Department of Agriculture -- Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity -- Department of Employment Security -- Department of Human Services -- Department of Natural Resources -- Department of Public Health -- Department of Transportation -- Environmental Protection Agency -- Community College Board -- State Board of Education -- University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service -- Housing Development Authority -- Southern Illinois University -- Institute for Rural Affairs at WIU -- Illinois Finance Authority Governor appoints up to 6 citizen members as required to increase membership to a total of no more than 25 members.
Authority:Executive Order 2011-4

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Alvarado, FranciscoExecutive OrderMember, DHSNone
Baren, RobertExecutive OrderMember, Department of AgricultureNone
Bell, WendyExecutive OrderMember, DCEONone
Davis, ChristineExecutive OrderMember, IEPANone
Hampton-Knodle, Heather8/26/2011GovernorMemberMontgomery
Jimenez, JoseExecutive OrderMember, Department on AgingNone
Jones, DonExecutive OrderMember, IDPHNone
Kessel, LauraExecutive OrderMember, Southern IL UniversityNone
Matherly, BrendaExecutive OrderMember, Illinois Agricultural AssociationNone
Merrett, ChristopherExecutive OrderMember, WIU - IIRANone
Morrison, SusieExecutive OrderMember, ISBE None
Myart, CharlesExecutive OrderMember, Illinois Finance AuthorityNone
Nelson, LavonExecutive OrderMember, ICCBNone
Pluta, BillExecutive OrderMember, IHDANone
Reece, Sonja9/21/2015GovernorMemberRandolph
Silvis, AnneExecutive OrderMember, UI-ExtensionNone
Stratton, JulianaExecutive OrderChairLt. GovernorNone
Torbert, RachelExecutive OrderMember, DNRNone
Townsend, JerryExecutive OrderMember, Rural PartnersNone
VACANTExecutive OrderMember, IDESNone
VACANTGovernorMemberNone
VACANTGovernorMemberNone
Vanderhoof, MichaelExecutive OrderMember, IDOTNone
Vohra, Sameer2/21/2020GovernorMemberSangamon
Walzer, Norman2/21/2020GovernorMemberDeKalb