Rauner taps leaders for Illinois boards, councils
Gov. Bruce Rauner recently made a round of assignments to various state-level agencies in Springfield — including slots in workforce, advocacy and minority business councils — with several placements consisting of re-appointments.
Rauner appointed Kirk Gadberry, with over two decades of manufacturing industry experience, to the Illinois Workforce Investment Board. Gadberry, who earned his MBA degree from Brigham Young University, serves as the president of North American Lighting.
The governor named state Rep. Michael McAuliffe and state Rep. Will Davis to the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission. This commission was established in 1979 to protect the rights and promote the welfare of individuals with disabilities.
Providing legal representation, investigating rights violations complaints and providing state guardianship for Illinois' population with disabilities, the commission gives voice to those previously underrepresented. Its board consists of 11 commissioners, all of whom serve without compensation.
Additionally, Rauner made three reappointments to the Business Enterprise Council for Minorities, Females and Persons with Disabilities: Hedy Ratner, Emilia DiMenco and Sheila Morgan.
Illinois’ Business Enterprise Program Council was created to track and support the goals of a law passed in 2011, the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females and Persons with Disabilities Act. It sponsors regional events and strives for an inclusive, competitive business environment to help businesses grow profitably and strengthen their credibility.