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Title:P-20 Council
Website:Illinois P-20 Council
Contact Name:Mackenzie Eisen
Contact Title:Education Analyst Office of the Illinois Governor
Contact Phone:312.599.0566
Contact Comments:
Function:The purpose of this council is to study and make recommendations concerning education at all levels in order to avoid fragmentation of policies, promote improved teaching and learning, and continue to cultivate and demonstrate strong accountability and efficiency.
Term:Staggered terms expiring on July 1 of the first, second, or third calendar year following their appointments or until their successors are appointed and have qualified.  Staggered terms shall be determined by lot. 
Senate Confirmation:No
Composition:1) The Governor or designee, to serve as chairperson; 2) Four members of the General Assembly: One appointed by the Speaker of the House; one appointed by the Minority Leader of the House; one appointed by the President of the Senate; and one appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; 3 ) Six at-large members appointed by the Governor as follows a) One representative of civic leaders; b) One representative of local government; c) One representative of trade unions; d) One representative of nonprofit organizations or foundations; e) One representative of parents' organizations; and f) One education research expert; 4) Five members appointed by statewide business organizations and business trade associations; 5) Six members appointed by statewide professional organizations and associations representing pre-kindergarten through grade 20 teachers, community college faculty, and public university faculty; 6) Two members appointed by associations representing local school administrators and school board members. One of these members must be a special education administrator; 7) One member representing community colleges, appointed by the ICCC Presidents; 8) One member representing 4-year independent colleges and universities, appointed by a statewide organization representing private institutions of higher learning; 9) One member representing public 4-year universities, appointed jointly by the university presidents and chancellors; 10) Ex-officio members from the following State agencies, boards, commissions, and councils: a) State Superintendent of Education or his/her designee; b) Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education or his/her designee; c) Executive Director of the ICCB or his/her designee; d) Executive Director of the ISAC or his/her designee; e) The Co-chairpersons of the Illinois Workforce Investment Board or their designee; f) Director of DCEO or his/her designee; g) Chairperson of the Illinois Early Learning Council or his/her designee; h) President of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy or his/her designee; and i) president of an association representing educators of adult learners or his/her designee. Ex-officio members shall have no vote on the Council.
Chair:The Governor or his/her designee
Authority:105 ILCS 5/22-45

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Ali, Rita7/1/20257/29/2022GovernorMember, Local GovernmentNone
Ayala, CarmenStatuteEx-Officio, Illinois State Board of EducationISBENone
Bennett, Rep. Tom2/7/2022House Minority LeaderMemberState RepresentativeNone
Bertrand, Thomas7/1/20246/29/2018StatuteMember, School Admin/BoardIASBSangamon
Cross, Mark R.11/15/202111/15/2019GovernorMember, School Admin/BoardPutnam
Devaney, Patrick7/1/20257/8/2022GovernorMember, Trade UnionChampaign
Durham, BrianStatuteEx-Officio, President and Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Community College BoardICCBSangamon
Flynn, Jr., Joseph7/1/202412/19/2022GovernorMember, Educational ResearcherISU Center for the Study of Education PolicyDuPage
Freeman, Charity7/1/20235/12/2022Member, Business OrganizationDiscovery Partners InstituteCook
Garcia, SylviaStatuteEx-Officio, Director, Dept. of Commerce & Economic OpportunityDCEONone
Glazer, EvanStatuteEx-Officio, President, Illinois Mathematics and Science AcademyIMSANone
Glink, PhyllisStatuteEx-Officio, Co-Chair, Illinois Early Learning CouncilIrving Harris FoundationNone
Hartwick, Sarah7/1/20255/12/2022Member, Business OrganizationIllinois Manufacturer's AssociationSangamon
Hilgendorf, Kurt7/1/20209/27/2013Member, Professional Educator AssociationChicago Teachers UnionCook
Lightford, Sen. Kimberly7/1/20151/12/2011President of the SenateMemberState SenatorNone
Mahony, Daniel 7/1/20255/12/2022Member, University Presidents & ChancellorsChancellor-Southern Illinois UniversityJackson
Mason, Kristin7/1/20198/17/2018Member, Professional Educator Association, University FacultyNational Board Resource CenterTazewell
Meyer, Cordelia7/1/202412/8/2009GovernorMember, Civic LeaderCivic CommitteeCook
Mitchell, Judy7/1/20171/11/2015Member, Professional Educator Association, Community College FacultyJoliet Jr. CollegeChampaign
Nickens, TawanaStatuteEx-Officio, Education Organization, Adult LearningParkland College
Ostro, GingerStatuteEx-Officio, Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education IBHENone
Reilly, Dr. SeamusStatuteMember, Illinois Council of Community College PresidentsPresident, Carl Sandburg CollegeKnox
Rezin, Sue4/7/2021Senate Minority LeaderMemberState SenatorNone
Rico, JohnStatuteCo-Chair, Illinois Workforce Innovation BoardIWIBNone
Rodriguez, Matthew7/1/20199/16/2016GovernorMember, Parents OrganizationIllinois PTACook
Rubenstein, Kevin7/1/20188/30/2016Member, Local school administrator, special educationLake Bluff 65Lake
Russell, Jane7/1/202010/31/2012Member, Professional Educator AssociationIFTCook
Soglin, Audrey7/1/20159/27/2012Member, Professional Educator AssociationIEACook
Stalnos, Theodore7/1/20216/11/2018Member, Business OrganizationCalumet Area Industrial CommissionCook
Steans, Robin 7/1/202410/12/2022GovernorMember, Non-profit OrganizationSteans Family FoundationCook
Torres, Martin1/1/202512/13/2021GovernorChairNone
VACANTMember, University and College MemberNone
VacantMember, Business OrganizationCook
VACANTSpeaker of the HouseMemberState RepresentativeBlank
Warfel, Linden7/1/20189/9/2016Member, University and College MemberCook
Young, Tron7/1/20257/8/2022StatuteMember, Education OrganizationBlank
Zarnikow, EricStatuteEx-Officio, Executive Director, Illinois Student Assistance CommissionISACNone