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Title:Wabash And Ohio River Coordinating Council
Function:The council should periodically review activities and programs administered by State and Federal agencies that directly impact the Wabash and Ohio River and their tributaries (2) work with local communities and organizations to encourage partnership that enhance awareness and capabilities to address watershed and water resource concerns and to encourage strategies that protect, restore, and expand critical habitats and soil conservation and water quality practices (3) work with State and Federal agencies to optimize the expenditure of funds affecting the Wabash and Ohio Rivers and their tributaries (4) advise and make recommendations to the Governor and State agencies on ways to better coordinate the expenditure of appropriate funds affecting the Wabash and Ohio rivers and their tributaries (5) encourage local communities to develop water management plans and encourage projects for the natural conveyance and storage of floodwaters, the enhancement of wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities, the recover, management, and conservation of the Wabash and Ohio River and their tributaries, the preservation of farmland, prairies, and forests, and the use of measurable economic development efforts that are compatible with the ecological health of the State (6) help identify possible sources of additional funding for Wabash and Ohio River water management projects. Meets quarterly
Term:Initial appointments: 3 members 2 years terms and 4 members serve one year terms. 2 year terms after initial appointments
Senate Confirmation:No
Party Affiliation:N/A
Qualifications:None specified
Compensation:Travel expenses reimbursed by Lieutenant Governor’s Office
Composition:13 voting members - 7 appointed by Governor - 1 member representing soil and water conservation districts located in the proximity of the Wabash and Ohio Rivers and its tributaries - 6 members representing local communities and not-for profit organizations working to protect the Wabash and Ohio Rivers and their tributaries, businesses, agriculture, recreation, conservation, and the environment - Governor can appoint as non-voting members, individuals representing the interest of the states that border the Wabash and Ohio Rivers and individuals representing federal agencies Ex-officio members: - Lt. Governor as chair - Director of Department of Agriculture - Director of Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity - Director of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency - Director of Department of Natural Resources - Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation
Chair:Lt. Governor
Authority:20 ILCS 4060/10

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Bell, WendyStatuteEx-Officio, DCEOChief of Staff, DCEONone
Chard, SteveStatuteEx-Officio, IL Dept. of Agriculture Designee, Dept. of AgricultureNone
Coleman, Tyrone4/30/20179/28/2015GovernorMember, Local communities and not-for profit organizationsCairo MayorAlexander
Fulling, Stephen3/24/20179/28/2015GovernorMember, Local communities and not-for profit organizationsCouncil 11 Representative for IL Association of Soil and Water Conservation DistrictsCrawford
Gonet, Phil3/24/20179/28/2015GovernorMember, Local communities and not-for profit organizationsIllinois Coal AssociationSangamon
Keirn, JeffStatuteEx-Officio, IDOTDesignee, IL Department of TransportationMontgomery
McNeill, Jason3/24/20179/28/2015GovernorMember, Local communities and not-for profit organizationsUMWA Rep working at Cook Coal Terminal (AEP Operated)Massac
Stephenson, Dan StatuteEx-Officio, Dept. of Natural ResourcesDesignee, Dept. of Natural ResourcesSangamon
Stratton, JulianaStatuteChair, Ex-Officio, Lt. GovernorLt. GovernorNone
Tucker, Dr. Gordon3/24/20179/28/2015GovernorMember, Local communities and not-for profit organizationsEastern Illinois UniversityColes
VACANTGovernorMember, Local communities and not-for profit organizationsNone
VACANTGovernorMember, SWCDNone
Walkenbach, AmyStatuteEx-Officio, IEPADesignee, IL Environmental Protection AgencyNone