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Title:End Hunger, Commission to
Contact Name:Sarah Myerscough-Mueller
Contact Phone:312-793-0569
Contact E-Mail:Sarah.Myerscough-Mueller@Illinois.gov
Contact Comments:Secondary Contact: Colleen Burns Title: State Engagement and Innovation Lead, GCFD Email: bgurn@gcfd.org
Function:The purpose of the Commission to End Hunger shall be to develop an action plan every 2 years, review the progress of this plan, and ensure cross-collaboration among government entities and community partners toward the goal of ending hunger in Illinois.
Term:N/A
Senate Confirmation:No
Qualifications:The appointed members shall reflect the racial, gender, and geographic diversity of the State and shall include representation from regions of the State.
Compensation:Members shall serve without compensation and are responsible for the cost of all reasonable and necessary travel expenses connected to Commission business, as the State of Illinois will not reimburse Commission members for these costs.
Composition:The Commission to End Hunger shall be composed of no more than 21 voting members including:
2 - members of the Illinois House of Representatives: 1 - appointed by the Speaker of the House 1 - appointed by the House Minority Leader
2 - members of the Illinois Senate, 1 - appointed by the Senate President 1 - appointed by the Senate Minority Leader;
1 - representative of the Office of the Governor appointed by the Governor;
1 - representative of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor appointed by the Lieutenant Governor; and
15 public members, who shall be appointed by the Governor. The public members shall include: 2 - representatives of food banks; 2 - representatives from other community food assistance programs; a representative of a statewide organization focused on responding to hunger; a representative from an anti-poverty organization; a representative of an organization that serves or advocates for children and youth; a representative of an organization that serves or advocates for older adults; a representative of an organization that advocates for people who are homeless; a representative of an organization that serves or advocates for persons with disabilities; a representative of an organization that advocates for immigrants; a representative of a municipal or county government; and; 3 at-large members.
The following officials shall serve as ex-officio members:
- Secretary of Human Services or his or her designee; - State Superintendent of Education or his or her designee; - Director of Healthcare and Family Services or his or her designee; - Director of Children and Family Services or his or her designee; - Director of Aging or his or her designee; - Director of Natural Resources or his or her designee - Director of Agriculture or his or her designee.
The African-American Family Commission, the Latino Family Commission, and the Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council shall each designate a liaison to serve ex-officio on the Commission.
Chair:The representative of the Office of the Governor and a representative of a food bank shall serve as co-chairs of the Commission.
Authority:20 ILCS 5015/10

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Biekman, Robert6/4/2020GovernorMember, representative of a community food assistance programCook
Doherty, Diane6/4/2020GovernorMember, representative of a statewide organization focused on responding to hungerCook
Dolan, LeannStatuteEx-Officio, Director of Aging or his or her designeeNone
Eastern III, Robert6/11/2020GovernorMember, representative of a municipal or county governmentSt Clair
Egan, JohnStatuteEx-Officio, Director of Children and Family Services or his or her designeeNone
Ericson, Stephen D.6/4/2020GovernorMember, representative of a food bankKane
Flores, Sol10/31/2019GovernorCo-chair, Governor's Office RepresentativeCook
Gibb, Joshua D.6/4/2020GovernorMember, at-largeKnox
Grigsby Jackson, DianeStatuteEx-Officio, Secretary of Human Services or his or her designeeNone
Haller, Mark StatuteEx-Officio, State Superintendent of Education or his or her designeeNone
Harmon, DonSenate PresidentMemberState SenatorCook
Hernandez, Lisa9/14/2010Speaker of the HouseMemberState RepresentativeSangamon
Herring Sr., John S.6/4/2020GovernorMember, representative of an organization that serves/advocates for persons with disabilitiesSangamon
Johnson, JayStatuteEx-Officio, Director of Natural Resources or designeeNone
Karr, Rob6/4/2020GovernorMember, at-largeMorgan
Lavin, Jonathan6/4/2020GovernorMember, representative of an organization that serves/advocates for older adultsCook
Maehr, Katherine10/31/2019GovernorCo-chair, representative of a food bankCook
Meier, Rep. Charles10/21/2019House Minority LeaderMemberState RepresentativeNone
Moffitt, DonStatuteEx-Officio, Director of Agriculture or his or her designeeNone
Nagle, Geoffrey6/4/2020GovernorMember, representative of an organization that serves/advocates for children & youthCook
Odoms-Young, Angela6/4/2020GovernorMember, At LargeCook
Quiñones, Luvia6/4/2020GovernorMember, representative of an organization that advocates for immigrantsCook
Rezin, Sen. SueSenate Minority LeaderMemberState SenatorNone
Ross, Carolyn K.6/4/2020GovernorMember, representative of an organization that advocates for the homelessWill
VACANTThe African-American Family CommissionEx-OfficioNone
VACANTStatuteEx-Officio, Director of Healthcare and Family Services or his or her designeeNone
VACANTThe Latino Family CommissionEx-OfficioNone
VACANTLocal Food, Farms, and Jobs CounciEx-OfficioNone
VACANTLt. GovernorMemberNone
VACANTGovernorMember, representative of a community food assistance programNone
Wilson, Audra6/26/2020GovernorMember, representative from an anti-poverty organizationCook