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Title Environmental Justice, Commission on 
Contact Name Ken Page 
Contact Title Environmental Justice Officer, IEPA 
Function
The principle of environmental justice requires that no segment of the population, regardless of race, national origin, age, or income, should bear disproportionately high or adverse effects of environmental pollution.

The Commission shall:

(1) advise State entities on environmental justice and related community issues

(2) review and analyze the impact of current State laws and policies on the issue of environmental justice and sustainable communities

(3) assess the adequacy of State and local laws to address the issue of environmental justice and sustainable communities

(4) develop criteria to assess whether communities in the State may be experiencing environmental justice issues

(5) recommend options to the Governor for addressing issues, concerns, or problems related to environmental justice that surface after reviewing State laws and policies, including prioritizing areas of the State that need immediate attention.

The Environmental Protection Agency shall provide administrative and other support to the Commission.
 
Term Initial members: 5 shall serve for a 2-year term and 5 shall serve for a 1-year term; thereafter 2-year terms. 
Senate Confirmation No 
Party Affiliation N/A 
Compensation None 
Qualifications (please see composition) 
Composition
The Commission on Environmental Justice is established and consists of the following 20 voting members:



- 2 members of the Senate, one appointed by the President of the Senate and the other by the Minority Leader of the Senate, each to serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer


- 2 members of the House of Representatives, one appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the other by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, each to serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer


- The following ex officio members:

the Director of Aging or his or her designee,
the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or his or her designee,
the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency or his or her designee,
the Director of Natural Resources or his or her designee,
the Director of Public Health or his or her designee, and
the Director of Transportation or his or her designee


- 10 members appointed by the Governor who represent the following interests:

(i) affected communities concerned with environmental justice
(ii) business organizations
(iii) environmental organizations
(iv) experts on environmental health and environmental justice
(v) units of local government
(vi) members of the general public who have an interest or expertise in environmental justice.

 
Chair Designated by the Governor 
Authority 415 ILCS 155/10 

Member Names

Name (Last, First) Ascending Term Expires Member Since Appointed By Position County
Bonnet, Lisa      Statute  Ex-Officio, Director of EPA  None 
Delano, Bola    10/03/2012  Statute  Ex-Officio, Director of Transportation  None 
Driskell, Millard  09/25/2015  07/03/2013  Governor  Member, public  Cook 
Duffy, Dan      Senate Minority Leader  Member  None 
Fortner, Mike      House Minority Leader    None 
Gibson, Tamika  09/25/2015  09/06/2013  Governor  Member, environmental organization  Cook 
Harley, Keith  09/25/2014  10/12/2012  Governor  Member, affected communities concerned with environmental justice  Will 
Hasbrouck, Lamar      Statute  Ex-Officio, Director, Public Health  None 
Holton, John      Statute  Ex-Officio, Director of Aging  None 
Johnson, Cheryl  09/25/2014  10/12/2012  Governor  Member, affected communities concerned with environmental justice  Cook 
Kyle, Veronica  09/25/2015  10/12/2012  Governor  Member, environmental organizations  Cook 
Mead-Lucero, Jerry  09/25/2014  10/12/2012  Governor  Member, public  Cook 
Messina, Robert  09/25/2015  10/12/2012  Governor  Member, business organization  Sangamon 
Meyers-Martin, Debra  09/25/2014  07/03/2013  Governor  Member, local government  Cook 
Miller, Marc      Statute  Ex-Officio, Director, DNR  None 
Pollet, Adam      Statute  Ex-Officio, Director, DCEO  None 
Toi Hutchinson    09/27/2011  Senate President  Member  None 
Washington, Sylvia  09/25/2014  10/12/2012  Governor  Member, experts on environmental health and environmental justice  DuPage 
Wasserman, Kimberly  09/25/2015  10/12/2012  Governor  Chair, affected communities concerned with environmental justice  Cook 
Welch, Chris    07/09/2013  Speaker of the House  Member  None 

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