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About WIA Works

Our Important Mission

The WIA Works initiative is a community of business and industry leaders, policy makers, and workforce professionals joined across Illinois to help career seekers’ dreams become a reality. WIA Works' goal is to ensure a strong workforce system while retaining room for local innovation.

The WIA Works campaign communicates the Illinois Workforce Partnership's position on the reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). This critical piece of federal legislation provides the framework for our national workforce preparation and employment system. 24 Local Workforce Investment Areas (LWIA) make up the Illinois Workforce Partnership (IWP), providing a unified voice for workforce issues in Illinois. 

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Inform Our Policy Makers

Help us empower key influencers in the Illinois Congressional Delegation and Local Workforce Investment Boards to articulate our successes in the Illinois workNet® system and how to strengthen the workforce network's ability to help job seekers achieve careers.

Through outreach to the Illinois Congressional Delegation by local WIA offices, elected officials, and union and business leaders, the WIA Works campaign provides materials, such as the WIA Works Checklist, to inform elected officials and staff on how to evaluate potential proposals and language in the legislation.

The WIA Works community believes that if Congress utilizes the WIA Works Checklist (PDF) Link opens in a new window through the reauthorization process, the end result will be in the best interest of all Americans.

Welcome and Thank You for Your Support


WIA Works is an initiative to inform our communities of the important and successful work that takes place every day across Illinois within the state's workforce development network… Read more>> Link opens in a new window

David Stoecklin
Executive Director,
Madison County Employment and Training, and President, Illinois Workforce Partnership

WIA funding is critical in developing strategic initiatives in key Illinois sectors like healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, and IT. I have seen how WIA funds enhance Illinois workforce skills and expand access to… Read more>> Link opens in a new window


John Rico

President and CEO,
Rico Enterprises

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity is a proud supporter of WIA Works. Our collaborative relationship with the Illinois Workforce Partnership… Read more>> Link opens in a new window


Adam Pollet 
Director, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

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