What is the Illinois Workforce Investment Board?
The Illinois Workforce Investment Board (IWIB) is appointed by the Governor and charged with the task of reviewing the progress of the state’s workforce planning efforts. It facilitates workforce development services and programs in such a way that together the government and the private sector can meet the workforce needs of Illinois employers and workers. To meet this directive, the IWIB, in accordance with federal legislation, includes leaders from state, business, industry, labor, education and community-based organizations.
Through a task force structure and one standing steering committee, representatives from the mandated and optional private/public partner programs develop recommendations to present to the full IWIB for consideration. All policies developed or commented upon through the IWIB structure include input from the public and partners.
IWIB Membership Listing
WIA/Wagner-Peyser State Plan Modification
Illinois WIA Waivers Request
Illinois is requesting two waivers from the U.S. Department of Labor that will provide needed flexibility in using WIA funding to better serve its customers.
Waiver 1: WIA Transfer Authority Between Adult and Dislocated Worker Funding Streams. This is a waiver of the requirement of WIA Section 133 (b) (4) and WIA Regulation 20 CFR 667.140 that limits the allowable transfer amount between the Adult and Dislocated Worker funding streams to twenty percent (20%) in a fiscal year. Specifically, Illinois is seeking the ability to increase the transfer rate to 50% of a program year allocation between the two funding streams.
WIA Waiver-Adult-DW Transfer (PDF)
Waiver 2: Increasing Rapid Response Spending for Incumbent Worker Projects. This is a waiver to allow the use of up to 40 percent of the State rapid response for use in developing statewide projects to improve job retention and avoid additional layoffs. This waiver will expand state resources to assist workers and companies to retain or retrain workers.
Incumbent Worker Waiver Requests (PDF)
Wagner-Peyser Agriculture Outreach Plan/Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker Information
The US Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration TEGL 13-13 requires the state to modify the Strategic State Plan for Title I of the Workforce Investment Act and Wagner-Peyser Act with updates of the Agricultural Outreach Plan, the designation of Significant Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker States, and the designation of bilingual local offices. These activities are funded via the Wagner-Peyser Act administered by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
DCEO serves as the designated State Workforce Agency for Illinois, and as such has ultimate responsibility for submitting the State Plan to USDOL. The Wagner-Peyser Agricultural Outreach Plan and information related to Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers is available here: PDF .
The public comment period for these items has closed. An updated State Plan will be published following approval by USDOL.