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Title Early Learning Council, Illinois 
Website http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/OECD/Pages/EarlyLearningCouncil.aspx 
Contact Name Kim Collins  
Contact Phone (312) 814-3387 
Contact Email  
Function This council is created to coordinate existing programs and services for children from birth to 5 years of age in order to better meet the early learning needs of children and their families.  
Term 3 years.  
Senate Confirmation No 
Compensation Expenses 
Composition
- A leader of stature from the Governor’s Office to serve as co
- chairperson of the Council
- Chief Administrator of the State Board of Education
- Chief Administrator of the Department of Human Services
- Chief Administrator of the Department of Children and Family Services
- Chief Administrator of the Department of Public Health
- Chief Administrator of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services
- Chief Administrator of the Board of Higher Education
- Chief Administrator the Illinois Community College Board
- One member from:

- Speaker of the House,
- Minority Leader of the House of Representatives
- President of the Senate, and
- Minority Leader of the Senate. Governor appointment – at least 10 plus Co-Chair from Governor’s Office
- Representation from early childhood care and development
- Representation from childcare
- Representation from child advocacy
- Representation from parenting support
- Representation from local community collaborations among early care, education programs and services
- Representation from maternal and child health
- Representation from children with special needs
- Representation from business
- Representation from labor
- Representation from law enforcement
- Representative from Region V office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families  
Chair Appointed by the Governor - one member who is a non-government stakeholder and the member from the Governor’s office shall be a co-chair 
Authority 20 ILCS 3933/5 

Member Names

Name (Last, First) Ascending Term Expires Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position County Title
Alberding, Ellen  01/01/2006  01/01/2004    Governor  Member  None   
Alongi, Guy        Governor  Member  Perry  Community College Board 
Althoff, Pamela  07/15/2013  07/15/2010  Republican  Senate Minority Leader  Member  None  State Senator 
Aranowski, Jeffrey  10/17/2017  10/17/2014    Governor  Member  Cook   
Arnston, Martha  01/01/2015  01/01/2004    Governor  Member  Cook  Other 
Bass, Lori Ann  01/01/2016  01/01/2004    Governor  Member  Cook   
Berman, Karen  01/01/2015  10/12/2012    Governor  Member  Cook   
Bowman, Barbara  01/01/2015  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook  Other 
Brynn Seibet, Margaret  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Capito, Jeanna  01/01/2015  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Kane   
Carpenter, Tim  01/01/2015  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Chavez, Ellen R.  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Davis, George  01/01/2016  01/01/2004    Governor  Member  Winnebago  Early Childhood Education and Development 
Fitzgerald, Daniel  01/01/2015  10/31/2012    Governor  Member  Cook   
Fleming, Jana  01/01/2014  12/09/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Gieseke, Gaylord  01/01/2015  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook  Other 
Glink, Phyllis  01/01/2013  11/30/2012    Governor  Member  Cook  Other 
Gregg, Bobbie        Statute  Ex-Officio  None  Ex-Officio - DCFS 
Hall, Vinni  01/01/2017  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cumberland   
Hamos, Julie        Statute  Ex-Officio  Cook  Ex-Officio - DHFS 
Harmon, Don  09/23/2014  09/23/2011    Senate President  Member  None   
Harris, Daniel  01/01/2016  10/16/2012    Governor  Member  Cook   
Harris, Gloria  01/01/2015  05/11/2012    Governor  Member  Cook   
Harston, Ava  01/01/2016  11/01/2008    Governor  Member  DuPage  Labor 
Hernandez, Reyna  01/01/2015  07/05/2012    Governor  Member  Lake   
Howard, Eboni  01/01/2014  10/07/0211    Governor  Member  None  Other 
Jones, Brenda        Statute  Ex-Officio, Department of Public Health  None   
Jones, Colleen M.  01/01/2013  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Kelly, Mary Teresa  01/01/2014  10/12/2012    Governor  Member  McLean   
Koch, Chris        Statute  Ex-Officio  None  Ex-Officio - State Board of Education 
Lewis, Candace  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Williamson   
Lilly, Camille  07/13/2013  07/13/2010    Speaker of the House  Member  None  Representative 
Logan, Suzanne J.  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Madson, Sarah  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Kane   
Maruna, Janet E.  01/01/2016  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  McLean   
McHugh, Mark  01/01/2015  10/07/2012    Governor  Member  Cook   
Mendley Rauner, Diana  01/01/2016  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Meyer, Harriet  01/01/2015  01/01/2004    Governor  Co-Chair  Cook  Non-Government, child advocacy 
Moenster, Janice  01/01/2014  11/01/2008    Governor  Member  Madison  CHASI CRR&R Program 
Nagle, Geoffrey  10/17/2017  10/17/2014    Governor  Member  Cook   
Neri, Joe  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Nichols, Beatrice L.  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Nylander, Donna  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  DuPage   
Palmer, Andrea  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Will   
Parr, Charles  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Madison   
Puente, Sylvia  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Quigg, Claudia  01/01/2016  01/01/2004    Governor  Member  Macon   
Quinn, Barbara  01/01/2016  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Regenstein, Elliot  01/01/2014  11/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Reid, George        Statute  Ex-Officio  None  Ex-Officio - Board of Higher education 
Reising Rechner, Pamela  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Rich, Vanessa  01/01/2015  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Roth, Pam  04/26/2014  04/26/2011  Republican  House Minority Leader  Member  None  State Representative 
Ruther, Gina  01/01/2014  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  St. Clair   
Saddler, Michelle        Statute  Ex-Officio  Cook  Ex-Officio - DHS 
Saterfield, Linda  01/01/2014  11/01/2008    Governor  Member  Sangamon  DHS 
Schwartz, Carolyn Newberry  01/01/2015  01/01/2004    Governor  Member  Cook   
Scott, Jodi  01/01/2014  10/01/2008    Governor  Member  Warren  Regional Office of Education 
Slaughter, Sara  01/01/2016  12/01/2005    Governor  Member  Cook   
Smith, Julie    01/01/2004    Governor  Ex-Officio, Member  Cook  Governor's Office 
Solis, Luz  01/01/2016  01/01/2004    Governor  Member  Cook   
Talan, Terri  01/01/2014  11/01/2008    Governor  Member  Cook  National - Louis University 
Thomas, Joyce        Governor  Member    Ex-Officio - Region V Office of DHHS 
Torres, Martin V.  01/01/2016  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Turner, Sheridan  01/01/2013  09/01/2005    Governor  Member  Cook   
VACANT        Governor  Member  None   
VACANT        Governor  Member  None   
Villano, Kathy  01/01/2014  10/01/2008    Governor  Member  Cook  Stevenson School 
Vitale, Joan  01/01/2016  10/12/2012    Governor  Member  Cook  Child Advocacy 
Walker-Kendrick, Judith  01/01/2016  01/01/2004    Governor  Member  Cook  Child Care 
Whelan, Maria  01/01/2014  12/02/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Williams, Granada  01/01/2015  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Wolfe, Catherine  01/01/2016  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Wright, Melina  10/17/2017  10/17/2014    Governor  Member  Cook   
Yanguas, Maria  01/01/2014  10/01/2008    Governor  Member  Cook  Illinois Resource Center 
Yarbrough, Karen W.  01/01/2016  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Cook   
Zumwalt, Cynthia A.  01/01/2016  10/07/2011    Governor  Member  Sangamon   

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