Illinois Workforce Innovation Board

What is the IWIB?

The 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 continues to lead Illinois in alignment of the workforce, education and economic development throughout the State. Over the past 15 months, the IWIB has developed a Strategic Planning Framework by which it will operate in the coming years to achieve 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 “2018 – 2020 Strategic Plan” (PDF).

If you are interested in becoming an IWIB member, select the Nominate Yourself link and follow the instructions.

IWIB/WIOA Related Documents:


IWIB Board Chair
The IWIB is currently co-chaired by Mr. John Rico, President/CEO of Rico Enterprises and Ms. Erin Guthrie, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity View the full IWIB Membership Listing here.

WIOA State Plan Public Comment Power Point (PDF)

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