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December 17, 2009

Governor Quinn Makes Appointments to Human Services Commission
Launches Commission Website HSC.Illinois.gov

CHICAGO – December 17, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today made appointments to the Illinois Human Services Commission. The Governor also launched the Commission website HSC.Illinois.gov.

“I am confident that this diverse group of leaders representing labor, community advocacy groups, service providers and the General Assembly will work tirelessly to ensure our State provides high-quality, efficient and effective services,” said Governor Quinn.

The Commission is comprised of members with expertise in both the public and private sectors. On November 22, Governor Quinn signed an executive order creating the commission and naming Toni Irving and Ngoan Le as co-chairs of the Commission. Irving is Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of the Governor. Le is a longtime public servant and Vice President of Programs at the Chicago Community Trust.

The members of the Human Services Commission include:

Joseph Antolin
Denver Bitner
Dr. Byron Brazier
Dr. Mary Ellen Caron
Sr. Rosemary Connelly
Sen. William Delgado
Eileen Durkin
Art Dykstra
Rep. Sara Feigenholtz
Pam Heavens
Gary Huelsmann
Sen. Mattie Hunter
Anne Irving
Marco Jacome
Rep. Naomi Jakobsson
Shawn Jeffers
George Jones
Richard L. Jones
Maggie Laslo
Rep. David Leitch
Valerie Lies
Soo Ji Min
Rep. Rosemary Mulligan
Sen. Carole Pankau
Maria Pesquira
Gregory Pierce
Nancy Ronquillo
Dee Ann Ryan
Kathy Ryg
Nancy Shier
Sen. Dave Syverson
Laura S. Thrall
Ray Vazquez
Maria Whelan
David Whittaker
Diane Williams

The Commission includes: two legislators from each of the four caucuses; chief administrators of eight of the State’s major human service agencies; human service advocates and community leaders; and two cochairs designated by the Governor. It will address issues such as the process for determining fair, adequate and timely reimbursement; efficient management of publicly-funded programs and services; and projections for future human services need in Illinois.

The first meeting of the Commission will be January 20.

The Commission will submit an initial report on its progress and objectives to the Governor and the General Assembly by June 30, 2010. The Commission will then submit interim reports on November 30, 2010 and April 30 2011, and a final report outlining its findings and recommendations no later than November 22, 2011.


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