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).
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.