WIOA Works Illinois
​WIOA Works Illinois is an online resource to assist business and industry leaders, policy makers, community organizations and workforce professionals in achieving success under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This site will keep you up-to-date on our state's policies and programs, highlight local innovation by sharing best practices and success stories, and outline specific policies to ensure a skilled workforce for our state's employers.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) took effect on July 1, 2015, which supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

WIOA formally adopts many parts of Illinois' progressive workforce development model on a nationwide basis, with the goal of ensuring that our workforce system is job-driven - responding to the needs of the employers and preparing workers for jobs available now and in the future. 

Illinois Workforce Innovation Board (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.

Visit the Illinois Workforce Innovation Board page for more information on IWIB, including board members, committees and task forces, annual reports, funding, contacts and more.


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

IWIB Co-Chairs

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. 


Federal Workforce Resources
​The US Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education and other federal oversight agencies provide guidance, recommendations and other assistance for state WIOA implementation.

US Department of Labor (DOL)

Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

WorkforceGPS LogoWorkforceGPS is an interactive technical assistance (TA) platform designed to communicate with and build the public workforce innovation system to develop and implement innovative approaches to workforce and economic development in the 21st Century economy. Click here for federal workforce information on:

  • Employment and Training Grants,
  • Resource Library,
  • Workforce System Strategies,
  • Communities, Events, Training and much more.

Innovation & Opportunity Network LogoInnovation and Opportunity Network (ION) is a community of practitioners, program staff, partners, planners, industry leaders and stakeholders that strive for system improvement, capacity building and excellence in the public workforce system. ION is a national, regional, state and local alliance that provides technical assistance, information sharing, and training to implement the vision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

US Department of Education

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