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 Pat Quinn, Governor

"This is the best place for Illinois' job seekers and businesses to connect to resources and services needed to be successful in the 21st century economy. I urge you to visit Illinois workNet today to get where you want to be tomorrow - on the road to success and a part of Illinois' first-class workforce. With Illinois workNet you can make it happen!" 

About Us 

For the purpose of expanding economic opportunity, the Illinois workNet® Portal and Program utilizes partnerships and technology to expand seamless and real-time access to workforce development resources aimed at individuals, businesses and workforce professionals. Innovative partnerships span state economic development, workforce development, education agencies, and local workforce investment boards along with their public and private partners including local governments, community colleges and non-profit organizations. Through partnerships that leverage technology, a common vision to plan for the economic futures of communities and provide a seamless array of services is realized.

Illinois workNet was launched in June 2005 by the Governor’s Illinois Workforce Investment Board (IWIB), co-chaired by Jack Lavin, then Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Ron Whitley of Cushman and Wakefield.

The IWIB continues to remain involved and provide leadership as Illinois workNet expands to meet the needs of individuals, businesses and workforce professionals. The IWIB is currently chaired by John Rico, President and CEO of Rico Enterprises.

Illinois workNet is sponsored by DCEO and made possible through state, local, and private sector partnerships.

Links to the state-level partner agencies and organizations:

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IL Workforce Investment Board (IWIB)

The Illinois Workforce Investment Board (IWIB) functions as the State advisory board pertaining to workforce preparation policy. The IWIB ensures that Illinois' workforce preparation services and programs are coordinated and integrated; and measures and evaluates the overall performance and results of these programs.


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The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is charged with enhancing Illinois' economic competitiveness by providing technical and financial assistance to businesses, local governments, workers and families. As the state's lead economic development agency, DCEO works to capitalize on Illinois' strengths as a center of transportation, manufacturing and technology development.


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Your direct link to Illinois workforce services: job placement and referrals, unemployment insurance, employment and training programs, career and labor market information, payroll tax filing, and more!
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The Illinois Community College Board, as the state coordinating board for community colleges, administers the Public Community College Act in a manner that maximizes the ability of the community colleges to serve their communities.

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IDHS helps Illinois families achieve self-sufficiency, independence and health to the maximum extent possible. IDHS improves the quality of life of thousands of Illinois families by providing an array of comprehensive, coordinated services.


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The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) makes postsecondary education accessible for the students and families of Illinois.


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The Board of Higher Education approves all new units of instruction, research, and public service, as well as new academic administrative units, for public colleges and universities in the state.


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The Illinois State Board of Education provides leadership, advocacy, and support for the work of school districts, policymakers, and Illinois residents in making Illinois education Second to None. The State Board's vision is that Illinois public schools will enable all students to succeed in postsecondary education and career opportunities, to be effective life-long learners and to participate actively in our democracy.

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The Illinois Workforce Partnership provides leadership for quality workforce development in our communities. The organization is organized exclusively to foster and enhance relationships between workforce development, economic development and education providers.

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Illinois workNet Centers are an equal opportunity employer/program. At Illinois workNet Centers, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this website may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment by calling TTY (800) 785-6055 or 711.

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