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Title African American Family Commission 
Website http://www.aafc.org 
Contact Name Michael Holmes 
Contact Title Executive Director, Illinois African American Family Commission, DCFS 
Contact Phone 312.326.0368 
Contact Email  
Function The purpose of the Illinois African-American Family Commission is to advise the Governor and General Assembly, as well as work directly with State agencies, to improve and expand existing policies, services, programs, and opportunities for African-American families. The Illinois African-American Family Commission shall guide the efforts of and collaborate with State agencies, including:
the Department on Aging, the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Department of Corrections, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Employment Security, and others. This shall be achieved primarily by:
to improve and expand existing human services and educational and community development programs for African-Americans. This will be achieved by:
(1) Monitoring and commenting on existing and proposed legislation and programs designed to address the needs of African-Americans in Illinois;
(2) Assisting State agencies in developing programs, services, public policies, and research strategies that will expand and enhance the social and economic well-being of African-American children and families;
and (3) Facilitating the participation of and representation of African-Americans in the development, implementation, and planning of policies, programs, and community-based services;
and . (4) Promoting research efforts to document the impact of policies and programs on African-American families.  
Term 3 years, except for initial appointments. Initially, 5 serve 1 year, 5 serve 2 years, and 5 serve 3 years. 
Senate Confirmation No 
Compensation Expenses 
Qualifications Members shall have working knowledge of human services, community development, and economic public policies. The members shall reflect regional representation to ensure that the needs of African-American families and children throughout Illinois are met. They shall be representative of public and private agencies, the business sector, and community-based human services organizations. 
Composition 15 members appointed by the Governor 14 ex officio members representing the following agencies:
Department of Aging;
Department of Corrections;
Department of Children and Family Services;
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity;
Department of Human Services;
Department of Health and Family Services;
Department of Public Health;
Department of Transportation;
State Board of Education;
Board of Higher Education;
Capital Development Board;
Community College Board;
Department of Human Rights and Department of Labor For those seats on the Commission with terms that expire in 2015, and for subsequent appointments to those seats, the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Minority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member to the Commission. For those seats on the Commission with terms that expire in 2016, and for subsequent appointments to those seats, the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Minority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives shall each appoint one member to the Commission. For those seats on the Commission with terms that expire in 2017, and for subsequent appointments to those seats, the Governor shall appoint 5 members to the Commission  
Chair Appointed by the Governor 
Authority 20 ILCS 3903/10 

Member Names

Name (Last, First) Ascending Term Expires Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position County Title
Avery, Patricia  01/06/2017  01/24/2014    Governor  Member  Champaign   
Barclay, Lester L.   01/06/2016  03/26/2013  Democrat  Governor  Member  Cook   
Bryson, Seymour  01/06/2015  01/01/2005    Governor  Member  Jackson   
Carr, Aja  01/06/2016  03/26/2013    Governor  Member  Cook   
Cross Pruitt, Ida  01/06/2015  01/01/2005    Governor  Member  Cook   
Crump, Rochelle     09/17/2008  Department of Children and Family Services  Statute  Ex-Officio  None   
Dace, Percy A.   01/06/2016  03/26/2013    Governor  Member  None   
Hasbrouck, LaMar    04/19/2010  Department of Public Health  Statute  Ex-Officio  None  Director  
Holton, John    04/06/2010  Department of Aging  Statute  Ex-Officio  None  Director 
Johnson, Waldo  01/06/2015  03/29/2013    Governor  Member  Cook   
Jones, Carol Humphries       Department of Human Services  Statute  Ex-Officio  None   
Matthews, Sharron    04/28/2010  Department of Health and Family Services  Statute  Ex-Officio  None  Assistant Director 
McCoy, William  01/06/2016  03/26/2013    Governor  Member  Cook   
Montgomery, Jesse      Department of Corrections  Statute  Ex-Officio  None   
Norington-Reaves, Karin M., Esq.    02/08/2010  Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity  Statute  Ex-Officio  None   
Onque, Scott  01/06/2017  06/30/2014    Governor  Member  Cook   
Small, Tony    04/20/2010  Department of Transportation  Statute  Ex-Officio  None  Deputy Director 
Spears, Clifford  01/06/2016  03/27/2013    Governor  Chair, Member  Cook   
Thomas, Beverly J.   01/06/2014  03/26/2013  Democrat  Governor  Member  Peoria   
VACANT        Governor  Chair, Member  Cook   
Voisin, Dexter  01/06/2015  03/26/2013    Governor  Member  None   
Walker, Sylvia M.   01/06/2015  03/26/2013    Governor  Member  Macon   
Warren, Eddie  01/06/2014  03/26/2013    Governor  Member  Adams   

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