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Title:Amistad Commission
Contact Name:Amy Martin
Contact Title:Director, HPA
Function:The Commission will work with IHPA and ISBE to promote education and awareness of slavery and the African slave trade.
Term:3 years and until successor is appointed and qualified; initial members shall have staggered terms
Senate Confirmation:No
Party Affiliation:No more than 4 of the members appointed by the Governor shall be from the same political party
Qualifications:Chosen with regard to broad geographical representation and ethnic diversity and who have served actively in organizations that educate the public on the history of the African slave trade, the contributions of African-Americans to our society, and civil rights issues.
Composition:15 members total: 6 public members appointed by the Governor; 2 members appointed by the President of the Senate; 1 member appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; 2 members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; 1 member appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; 3 ex-officio members: State Superintendent of Education or designee (ex officio); Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or designee (ex officio); Director of Historic Preservation Agency or designee (ex officio).
Chair:Elected by the Commission
Authority:20 ILCS 3405/22

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Adams, Dr. Carol4/11/20153/13/2013Speaker of the HouseMemberCook
Black, Timuel1/19/20155/2/2014DemocratGovernorMemberNone
Bridges, Roger1/24/201410/16/2012DemocratGovernorMemberMcLean
Davis, Monique1/19/20163/28/2013DemocratGovernorMemberCook
Davis, Robert4/11/20153/13/2013Speaker of the HouseMemberCook
Jackson, Phillip8/2/2012President of the SenateMemberCook
Lightford, Kimberly8/2/2012President of the SenateMemberCook
Martin, AmyStatuteEx-Officio, IHPASangamon
Musgrave, Jon4/17/20154/17/2012House Minority LeaderMemberWilliamson
VACANTStatuteEx-Officio, DCEONone
Walker, Lee11/21/200711/21/2005Senate Minority LeaderMemberCook
Ward, Dr. Leslie9/20/2022StatuteEx-Officio, ISBENone
Williams, Sherry1/19/201610/12/2012DemocratGovernorMemberCook