Illinois Workforce Innovation Board

​We provide businesses with sustainable, no-cost and low-cost strategies to recruit, hire, train, and retain the skilled workforce needed to thrive.

What is the IWIB
IWIB.jpgThe Governor-appointed Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (IWIB) includes leaders from state, business, industry, labor, education, and community-based organizations with the goal of evaluating and meeting the workforce needs of Illinois' employers and workers.  

IWIB is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and modification of the Unified State Plan, convening all relevant programs, required partners and stakeholders, and providing oversight and strategic leadership for the state workforce development system.

Through a committee and task force structure, IWIB representatives from private/public partner programs offer policy recommendations to strengthen Illinois' workforce system.  All policies developed or commented upon include input from partners and the general public.

The IWIB Strategic Planning Framework guides the alignment of the workforce, education and economic development throughout the State  to ensure better outcomes for businesses and individuals. The efforts that will be necessary to achieve the objectives and priority activities outlined within the framework will require a commitment by the IWIB members working alongside our counterparts at the local level who are members of and support the Local Workforce Innovation Boards and our partner agencies. The IWIB is proud to present its strategic planning framework as outlined in the “2020 – 2022 Strategic Plan” (PDF).

The IWIB completed a Workforce Consolidation Feasibility Study required by the Education and Workforce Equity Act (HB2170) on May 1, 2021. Click here to read the report.

IWIB Co-Chair

The IWIB is currently co-chaired by John Rico, President/CEO of Rico Enterprises and Kristin A. Richards, Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity 



This serves as a public notice of the meetings. Logistics and materials can be found with the event.

Resources and Tools

About Executive Order 2019-03 

Executive Order 3 was signed by Governor Pritzker in January 2019 to strengthen the State's commitment to workforce development and job creation. It called for recommendations to improve how we target growth industries and align workforce resources to better serve disenfranchised communities, both rural and urban. With input from the many partners, a draft report was prepared and is being shared for review and comment. The report is structured around 3 goals and 9 strategies described in the executive summary. The main themes are to address the skills gap, strengthen the connection between employers and the talent they need to stay and grow in Illinois, and boost the productivity of businesses throughout the state. 

  • The draft executive summary is available here.
  • The PowerPoint presentation is available here

Stakeholder Discussion on Executive Order 2019-03