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Title:Rural Affairs Council, Governor's
Function:To formulate a comprehensive policy for rural development and enhance the quality of life in rural Illinois
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
Allen, Luke9/21/2015GovernorMemberDuPage
Alvarado, FranciscoExecutive OrderMember, DHSAssistant Director, Division of RehabilitationNone
Bell, WendyExecutive OrderMember, DCEODesigneeNone
Brauer, RichExecutive OrderMember, IDOTChief of StaffNone
Breckenridge, DickExecutive OrderMember, IEPAAgricultural and Rural Affairs AdvisorNone
Dr. Karen AndersonExecutive OrderMember, ICCBICCB DirectorNone
George F. CzaparExecutive OrderMember, UI-ExtensionUI-Extension DirectorChampaign
Hampton-Knodle, Heather8/26/2011GovernorMemberMontgomery
Hankes, Doug9/21/2015GovernorMemberKnox
Jones, DonExecutive OrderMember, IDPHGrants AdministratorNone
Kaeb, Todd9/21/2015GovernorMemberIroquois
Lindvahl, CraigExecutive OrderMember, ISBE Board MemberWilliamson
Matherly, BrendaExecutive OrderMember, Illinois Agricultural AssociationAssistant Director of Local GovernmentMcLean
Merrett, ChristopherExecutive OrderMember, WIU - IIRADirector, Illinois Institute for Rural AffairsMcDonough
Nelson, PhilipExecutive OrderMember, Department of AgricultureAgency DirectorNone
Patrick EvansExecutive OrderMember, Illinois Finance AuthoritySenior Funding ManagerNone
Pluta, BillExecutive OrderMember, IHDADirector, Office of Housing Coordination ServicesNone
Reece, Sonja9/21/2015GovernorMemberRandolph
Richards, Larry9/21/2015GovernorMemberPope
Rosenthal, WayneExecutive OrderMember, DNRDeputy DirectorNone
Sanguinetti, EvelynExecutive OrderChairLt. GovernorNone
Townsend, JerryExecutive OrderMember, Rural PartnersPast President, Rural PartnersChampaign
VanZandt, JillianExecutive OrderMember, IDESRegional ManagerNone
Webert, BertExecutive OrderMember, Department on AgingRegional CoordinatorNone