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Title Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force 
Contact Name Crystal Caison  
Contact Title Manager, IllinoisJobLink.com 
Contact Phone 312-793-4824  
Contact Email  
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 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) Ascending Member Since Appointed By Position County
Aarup, Susan  02/03/2010  Governor  Member, Person with a disability  Cook 
Burson, Katherine    Statute  Member, DHS Representative  None 
Garcia, Rodrigo    Statute  Member, IDVA Representative  None 
Hamos, Julie    Statute  Member, DHFS Representative  None 
Helm, Henry  02/26/2010  Governor  Member, Person with a disability representing private business community  Coles 
Jones, Robin  02/26/2010  Governor  Co-chair  Cook 
Jorwic, Nicole  10/11/2013  Governor  Member, Statewide organizations that advocate for persons with physical, developmental and psychiatric disabilities  DuPage 
Koch, Christopher  08/13/2009  Statute  Member, ISBE Representative  None 
Luna, Rene  12/23/2013  Governor  Member, Person with a disability  Cook 
Miller, John    Statute  Member, IDHHC Representative  None 
Milsk, Philip  02/26/2010  Governor  Member  Will 
Morrissey, Dale  12/24/2013  Governor  Member  Cook 
Nichols, Jane  02/20/2013  Governor  Member  Jackson 
Pollet, Adam    Statute  Member, DCEO Representative  None 
Romano, Sheila T.  08/13/2009  Statute  Member, ICDD Representative  None 
Rowell, Jay    Statute  Member, IDES Representative  None 
Slover, Sharon  02/03/2010  Governor  Member  McHenry 
Smith, Allan  02/03/2010  Governor  Member, Person with a disability  Knox 
Taylor, Barry  05/03/2013  Governor  Member  Cook 
TBD    Statute  Co-chair; Governor's Representative  None 
Vacant    Governor  Member, Statewide organizations that advocates for person with physical, developmental, and psychiatric disabilities  None 
Vacant     Governor  Member, Person with a disability  None 
VACANT    Governor  Member, Person with a disability  Cook 
Woodard, Winston  09/14/2012  Governor  Member, Person with a disability  Cook 

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