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Title:Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force
Contact Name:Todd Fuller
Contact Title:Statewide Housing and Employment First Coordinator
Contact Comments:
Function:The Task Force shall analyze programs and policies of the State to determine what changes, modifications, and innovations may be necessary to remove barriers to competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities, including barriers such as transportation, housing, program accessibility, and benefit structure. The Task Force shall also analyze State disability systems, including the mental health, developmental disabilities, veterans' assistance, workforce investment, and rehabilitation services systems, and their effect on employment of persons with disabilities. The Task Force shall review and analyze applicable research and policy studies, innovations used in other states, and any federal policy initiatives such as customized employment, and federal funding opportunities that would increase competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities in Illinois. The Task Force shall make recommendations to the General Assembly and to the Governor, including legislative proposals, regulatory changes, systems changes, and budget initiatives, that would advance employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities in Illinois. The Task Force shall produce an annual report of its activities and recommendations that shall be issued no later than May 1st of each year, the first report being due no later than May 1, 2010.
Term:Not specified.
Senate Confirmation:No
Party Affiliation:N/A
Compensation:Members shall serve voluntarily and without compensation.
Composition:Public and State Government members, including: --Up to 15 public members appointed by the Governor (at least five of whom have a disability) who represent: -Statewide organizations that advocate for persons with physical, developmental and psychiatric disabilities, -Entities with expertise in assistive technology devices and services for persons with disabilities, -Advocates for veterans with disabilities, -Centers for independent living, -Disability services providers, -Organized labor, -Higher education, -The private sector business community, -Entities that provide employment and training services to persons with disabilities; --At least eight representatives of State Government, including: -A high-ranking member of the Governor's management team, designated by the Governor, -Representatives of each division of the Department of Human Services, designated by the Secretary of Human Services, -The Director of Healthcare and Family Services, or his or her designee, -The Director of Veterans' Affairs or his or her designee, -The Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or his or her designee, -The Director of Employment Security or his or her designee, -The Director of Central Management Services or his or her designee, -The Director of Juvenile Justice or his or her designee, -The Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education or his or her designee, -The Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board or his or her designee; -The Executive Director of the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities or his or her designee, -The State Superintendent of Education or his or her designee.
Chair:Co-chaired by the representative of the Governor and a public member chosen by the other public members of the Task Force.
Authority:20 ILCS 4095/1

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Allan, NatashaStatuteMember, ICCB Representative
Bethel-Leitschuh, BambiStatuteMember, IDJJ Representative
Bond, ChrisStatuteMember, CMS RepresentativeNone
Burson, KatherineStatuteMember, DHS RepresentativeNone
Carmody, Kathy3/11/2016GovernorMemberCook
Croke, Ryan3/24/2023Governor's RepresentativeCook
Cunningham, KellyStatuteMember, DHFS RepresentativeNone
D'Ascenzo, AnnaStatuteMember, IDES RepresentativeNone
Doughty, Maria2/26/2016GovernorCo-ChairCook
Ealy-Wiley, AnitaStatuteMember, IDVA RepresentativeNone
Garate, Theresa2/26/2016GovernorCo-ChairCook
Hinds, SherryStatuteMember, DHS Developmental Disabilities
Jbara, AhlamStatuteMember, DHS Family and Community Services
Jones, Lisa12/9/2019StatuteMember, DCEO RepresentativeNone
Jones, Robin2/26/2010GovernorCo-chairCook
Lane, LaMetriceStatuteMember, ISBE RepresentativeNone
McKinney, DariusStatuteMember, DHS, DMH
Mercer-Schleider, KimStatuteMember, ICDD RepresentativeNone
Milsk, Philip2/26/2010GovernorMemberWill
Morrissey, Dale12/24/2013GovernorMemberCook
Ness, Robert 7/5/2018GovernorMember, Person with a disabilityCook
Ogunyipe, Benro2/26/2016GovernorMember, Person with a disabilityCook
Rivera, RafaelStatuteMember, DHS Substance Use Prevention & Recovery
Selk, KariGovernorMember, LaborNone
Sharp-Pucci, Mary Margaret10/5/2018GovernorMember, Person with a disabilityCook
Sutton, ArthurStatuteMember, IBHE RepresentativeNone
Taylor, Barry5/3/2013GovernorMemberCook
Tripur, LizetteStatuteMember, DHS Rehabilitation Services
VACANTGovernorMember, Veterans AdvocateNone
VACANTGovernorMember, Statewide organizations that advocates for person with physical, developmental, and psychiatric disabilitiesNone
VACANTGovernorMember, Person with a disabilityCook
VACANTStatuteGovernor's RepresentativeNone
VACANTStatuteMember, ICCB Representative