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Title Holocaust and Genocide Commission, Illinois 
Website http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/hgc/Pages/default.aspx 
Contact Name Adam Braun 
Function The Commission shall:
(1) provide advice and assistance to public and private elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education in this State regarding implementation of Holocaust and genocide courses of study and awareness programs;
(2) meet with appropriate representatives of public and private organizations, including service organizations, to provide information on and to assist in planning, coordinating, or modifying Holocaust and genocide courses of study and awareness programs;
(3) determine which, if any, existing Holocaust or other genocide memorials, exhibits, or other resources could be included in or used to support Holocaust and genocide courses of study and awareness programs;
(4) compile a list of volunteers, such as Holocaust or other genocide survivors, liberators of concentration camps, scholars, and members of the clergy, who have agreed to share, in classrooms, seminars, exhibits, or workshops, their verifiable knowledge and experiences regarding the Holocaust or other genocide;
(5) coordinate events in this State memorializing the Holocaust and other genocides on January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, on the Days of Remembrance established by the United States Congress, or on any other day designated by the Commission for that purpose;
and (6) solicit volunteers to participate in commemorative events designed to enhance public awareness of the continuing significance of the Holocaust and other genocides.  
Term After initial expiration date, the terms become staggered with five each expiring in 2016, 2017 and 2018. New members serve four year terms. 
Senate Confirmation No 
Compensation A public member of the Commission is not entitled to compensation but is entitled to reimbursement for the travel expenses incurred by the member while transacting Commission business.  
Qualifications (c) Appointments of public members to the Commission shall be made: (1) without regard to the race, color, disability, sex,religion, age, or national origin of an appointee; and (2) so that each geographic area of this State is represented on the Commission.  
Composition (a) The Commission is composed of 22 members as follows:
(1) 19 public members appointed by the Governor, including one student;
and (2) 3 ex officio members as follows:
(A) the State Superintendent of Education;
(B) the Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education;
and (C) the Director of Veterans' Affairs. (b) The President and Minority Leader of the Senate shall each designate a member or former member of the Senate and the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives shall each designate a member or former member of the House to advise the Commission. (a) A person appointed as a public member of the Commission must be a resident of this State. (b) Public members of the Commission must include:
(1) persons who have served prominently as leaders of or spokespersons for public or private organizations that serve members of religious, ethnic, national heritage, or social groups that were subjected to the Holocaust or other genocides;
(2) persons who have significant professional experience in the field of Holocaust or genocide education (3) persons who represent liberators of Holocaust or other genocide victims;
and (4) persons who have demonstrated a significant, particular interest in Holocaust or genocide education.  
Authority 20 ILCS 5010/10 

Member Names

Name (Last, First) Ascending Term Expires Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position County Title
Aranowski, Jeffrey    06/01/2012    Statute  Ex-Officio, State Superintendent of Education Designee  None   
Bedian, Gregory  02/01/2015  04/12/2011    Governor  Member, Public  Cook   
Borggren, Erica        Statute  Ex-Officio, Director of Veterans' Affairs  None   
Brand, Noreen  02/01/2015  04/12/2011    Governor  Member, Public  Cook   
Braun, Adam  02/01/2015  04/12/2011    Governor  Member, Public  Cook   
Cohen, Daniel  02/01/2015  04/12/2011    Governor  Member, Public  Cook   
Dillard, Kirk    07/30/2010  Republican  Senate Minority Leader  Senate Minority Advisor  Cook  State Senator 
Drnovsek, Sanja  02/01/2015  04/12/2011    Governor  Member, Public  Cook   
Edelman, Sonia  02/01/2015  04/12/2011    Governor  Member, Public  Cook   
Feigenholtz, Sara    07/16/2010  Democrat  Speaker of the House  House Majority Advisor  Cook  State Representative 
Fritzshall, Fritzie  02/01/2015  04/12/2011    Governor  Member, Public  Cook   
Hirschhaut, Richard  02/01/2015  04/12/2011    Governor  Member, Public  Lake   
Korkatsch-Groszko, Maria  02/01/2015  01/24/2014    Governor  Member, Public  None   
Lim, Leon  02/01/2015  04/12/2011    Governor  Member, Public  Cook   
Mavropoulos, George  02/01/2015  07/29/2011    Governor  Member, Public  DuPage   
McAuliffe, Michael    11/07/2013  Republican  House Minority Leader    None   
Pawlikowski, John T.  02/01/2015  05/19/2011    Governor  Member, Public  Cook   
Reid, G.W.         Statute  Ex-Officio, Executive Director of the Board of Higher Education  None   
Scheffer, David J.  02/01/2015  05/19/2011    Governor  Member, Public  Cook   
Silverstein, Ira    06/08/2011  Democrat  Senate President  Senate Majority Advisor  Cook  State Senator 
Tenner, Sean  02/01/2015  11/30/2012    Governor  Member, Public  Cook   
Vacant        Governor  Member, Public  None   
VACANT        Governor  Member, student  None   
VACANT        Governor  Member, public  None   
VACANT        Governor  Member, public  None   
VACANT        Governor  Member, public  None   

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