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The Illinois Council on Aging, an advisory body to the Illinois Department on Aging, was established by the General Assembly on August 9, 1973. The Illinois Act on Aging, the establishing resolution, became effective Nov. 9, 1973.

The Council is mandated to review and comment on reports by the Department to the Governor and to the General Assembly, and to review and comment upon the Department’s State Plan and on all disbursements of public funds by the Department to private agencies.

State law also directs the Council to submit to the General Assembly, the Governor and the Director of the Department on Aging annual reports that evaluate the level of all programs, services and facilities provided to the aging population by state agencies. Further, the Council is directed to consult with the Director regarding the operations of the Department, and to recommend to the Governor candidates for appointment as Director of the Department on Aging.

There are 31 voting members – 23 appointed by the Governor as citizen members, at least 16 of whom should be at least age 60. Members should represent all geographic sections of the state and both political parties. The remaining members are members of the General Assembly – two senators appointed by the President of the Senate, two appointed by the Senate Minority Leader, two appointed by the Speaker of the House and two appointed by the House Minority Leader.

The Council is directed to meet quarterly or as often as the Council Chairman deems necessary.

Council members:
  • Gather data (from their communities) and share information (with the Department and each other);
  • Look at a shared-vision (with the Department) and update that vision as the needs of older people and their families continue to change;
  • Act as a conduit for innovations from the outside;
  • Consider the needs of special groups; and
  • Provide advice-giving to the Department, emanating from evaluation.

Illinois Council on Aging Members


  • Chair – Eugene Verdu, Belleville, comes to this leadership position after over 35 years in the field of aging. One of the pioneers in the aging network, Mr. Verdu advocated for the establishment of the Older Americans Act and, later, the Illinois Department on Aging. He has been appointed as delegate to every White House Conference on Aging, the once-a-decade national meeting sponsored by the Executive Office of the President of the United States that makes policy recommendations to the President and Congress regarding the aged. Mr. Verdu has served as a consultant to the national offices of AARP and the National Council on Aging, and has served on a wide variety of state, county and local boards and comittees concerned with aging and the aged. He has also served as chairman of the St. Clair County Housing Authority and as a Board member of Southwestern Illinois College.

    Outside of aging, Mr. Verdu is concerned with the welfare of children. For almost four decades, he has worked to bring over 200 children from Belize, a country in Central America, to St. Louis for medical care. In recognition of his service, Belize has awarded him citizenship. Mr. Verdu, who holds two citizenships, U.S. and Belize, serves as a diplomat representing the government of Belize in Illinois and Missouri as the Consul.

  • First Vice Chair – Naomi Fowler, Springfield, has been a Council member since 1996. She is the former Director of Illinois Elderhostel and previously spent many years in higher education, including serving as Director of Community Education and Public Service at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield. Naomi is currently serving as chairman of the LincolnLand Area Agency on Aging Council. She is also active in a number of local groups serving the elderly.

    Mrs. Fowler has served as president of the Illinois Gerontology Consortium, president of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, and was a member of the Governor’s Office on Voluntary Action. A charter member of OWL Illinois, she created the first ombudsman program in Illinois and was chair of the first Mayor’s Commission on International Visitors.

    As a past recipient of the Senior Illinoisans Hall of Fame, Naomi Fowler is committed to encouraging life-long education and educating seniors about their rights and benefits to enhance their quality of life.

  • Second Vice Chair – William D. Meyer Jacksonville, has devoted his professional career to public health. With a B.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois, he went on to earn a graduate degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts.

    Returning to Illinois, he served as Director of Environmental Health with the Morgan County Health Department, and then as County Public Health Administrator until his retirement in 1991. Professional affiliations include the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators, the Illinois Environmental Health Association and the Illinois Public Health Association. He also is a member of the Morgan County Heart Association, Morgan County Cancer Society, Morgan County Inter-Agency Council, Prairie Council on Services to the Aging, Jacksonville Public Library Board of Trustees, Jacksonville Human Relations Commission, Morgan-Scott Visiting Nurse Association Professional Advisory, the Mayor’s Committee on Recycling, Illinois Department of Public Health Family Planning Council. City of Jacksonville Forestry Commission and Ambulance Commission, Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois and is a board member of the Morgan-Scott Unit of the University of Illinois Extension Service.

    Mr. Meyer has served as chairman of the board and also an advisory council to Project Life Area Agency on Aging, now the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland, Inc., and was a 1995 delegate to the White House Conference on Aging. He has been inducted into the Jacksonville Area Hall of Fame, and holds the Jacksonville Mayor’s Distinguished Volunteer Service Award.

  • Secretary – Anthany Frazier Chicago, has been a member since 2000. He works for the Social Security Administration, where he serves on its public broadcast team. Previously, Mr. Frazier worked as professional staff in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. He has also served as a management consultant to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He is the co-author of the report "The Changing Economic Standing of Minorities in the Chicago Metropolitan Area," a report written with the Chicago Urban League, Latino Institute and Northern Illinois University.

    Mr. Frazier is founder of AVEF Volunteer Management Consultants and Trainers, a group that sponsors free intergenerational musical forums, and mental-health wellness workshops around the globe. He has also volunteered for three Illinois Governors, four Chicago Mayors, the Chicago Community Development Advisory Committee, the Chicago Housing Authority, the Chicago Public Schools and the U.S. Postal Service. He served as a participant at a University of Oxford Health & Homelessness Conference in England.

    Awards include: "Marquis Who’s Who In The World," "Marquis Who’s Who In America," "Outstanding Young Men of America," and the "Small Business Advocacy Award" from Grant Thornton, LLP. He is a member of the Academy of Country Music, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Latin Recording Academy and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Mr. Frazier is a candidate for a Doctorate in Health Administration at the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies Online. He earned his B.A. from Chicago State University and M.A. from Governor’s State, both degrees in behavioral sciences. Mr. Frazier has received professional certificates from the Congressional Research Service Library of Congress, Dartmouth College, DePaul University, Harold Washington College, John Marshall Law School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois. He completed a clinical internship at the University of Illinois.

  • Assistant Secretary – Bernarda Wong Chicago, is founder and president of the Chinese American Service League, the largest and most comprehensive non-profit social service agency in the Midwest. Since its inception in 1978, the agency has been serving the needs of Chinese Americans of all ages – more than 18,000 clients annually.

    She chaired the Chicago Mayor’s Advisory Council on Asian Affairs under Mayors Harold Washington and Richard M. Daley; and was the first Asian appointed to the Boards of United Way of Chicago and the Chicago Public Library. Since then, she has served on many boards and commissions, and was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging in 1995, and again in 2005.

    Currently, she serves as a Commissioner at the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, and a member of the Chicago 2016 Committee, the Chicago Network, Jones College Prep High School Business Coalition Council, Chicago’s Sister Cities China Committee, The Executive Club, Washburne Culinary Institute Advisory Board, Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community, Nordstrom Scholarship Committee, and the Chinese Immigrant Service Agencies Network International, which she founded.

    Bernarda Wong has received numerous awards, including the Community Organizer Trailblazer Award from Rainbow/Push Coalition, the United Way of Chicago’s Executive of the Year Award, Distinguished Alumni Award from Briar Cliff College, Annual Tribute to Chicago Women Award from the Midwest Women’s Center, the Community Leadership Award from Apna Ghar, the Community Service Award from Cambodian Association of Illinois, the American Heritage Award from the American Immigration Law Foundation, the Hall of Fame in Community Leadership from the Asian American Hall of Fame, and the Luminary Senior Award from Chicago Department on Aging. She has been named by Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential Women of Chicago;" by Today’s Chicago Woman as one of "100 Women Making a Difference," and by the Chicago Sun-Times as one of the "100 Most Influential Women of Chicago." She received the Distinguished Community Leader award from Mayor Delay at the Mayor Daley’s Spring Assembly, 2005. In 2006 she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Washington University, St. Louis.

  • Jean C. Aldag, Ph.D., Washington, brings to the Council a career devoted to health care, women’s health and research. Professionally, she has served as professor in preventive Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, as Associate Dean for Regional Affairs at the University’s College of Associated Health Professions at Peoria, and as Chair of Health and Community Service at Illinois Central College in East Peoria.

    Dr. Aldag has been principal investigator in grants and contracts from the national Institute of Health, the national Institute of Nursing Research and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, among others. The author of numerous professional publications, Dr. Aldag has been engaged civically with the Peoria Health Department IPLAN Committee and with the Tazewell County Health Department.

    Dr. Aldag’s many memberships include the Illinois Gerontology Association, Illinois Central Health Systems Agency, Inc., Illinois Nurses’ Association-Illinois Implementation Commission, National League for Nursing Evaluation, North Central Association of College and Secondary Schools, Oncology Nursing Society, Partnership for Healthy Peoria, Peoria Area Community Foundation, Sigma Theta Tau, School District #150 Career Advisory Council, State of Illinois Advisory Council to Committee of Nurse Examiners, State of Illinois Division of Vocational and Technical Education, Visiting Nurse Association Board of Directors and United Cerebral Palsy of Northwestern Illinois Professional Advisory Committee.

    Her Ph.D. degree in Psychology was earned at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

  • Ralph Cianchetti, Highland Park, is retired from a career as a high school English teacher, yearbook and newspaper advisor and golf coach. He also worked for Cadre Consulting, Inc. In addition to his professional life, Mr. Cianchetti has a long list of civic engagements and civic accomplishments. He has served in leadership roles as Illinois State Coordinator with AARP, the National Recreation and Park Association, the Illinois Association of Park Districts, the Park District of Highland Park and its Plan Commission.

    He also served as President of the Illinois Association of Teachers of Journalism and President of the Friends of the Highland Park Library.

    He has been recognized by the Highland Park City Council, a Commissioner of the Year Award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts and Commissioner of the Year from the Great Lakes Regional Council of the National Recreation and Park Association.

    Mr. Cianchetti won the President’s Award from the Illinois Association of Park Districts and Teacher of the Year from the Illinois Association of Teachers of Journalism.

    Mr. Cianchetti is past chairman of the Council on Aging, past chair of the northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors and a member of the Highland Park Senior Center. In 2005, he won the Governor’s Award for Unique Achievement and was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging.

  • Charles A. Crowder, Flora, returned to his home town after a long career in engineering management. The Mayor of Flora, Mr. Crowder is engaged in civic affairs and an active supporter of the senior citizens building there. He supported the passage of an ordinance that gives seniors with limited income relief from late-payment penalty charges imposed by local utilities.

    Mr. Crowder has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Midland Area Agency on Aging. He attended the 2005 White House Council on Aging and was a delegate to the National Silver Haired Congress.

  • Rebecca Cruz, Chicago, has devoted her life to the grassroots development of social services. As Executive Director of Asi for two and a half decades, she made home-care services available to over 2,000 Spanish-speaking senior citizens this year. That’s a remarkable expansion from 25 clients per year, when she first came to the agency.

    A signature result of her leadership is the agency’s determination of respect for the worker, as well as the client. At Asi, the staff of 400 is offered benefits and career development programs that are unparalleled among service providers.

    Ms. Cruz has earned an M.S.W. degree from the University of Puerto Rico.

  • Alfred Galvan, Oak Brook, has been honored at the federal, state, city and local level for the services that he has performed in gratitude for citizenship in this country that he loves. Most recently, Mr. Galvan was part of a small group of veterans who flew on Honor Flight Chicago to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial that is dedicated to them.

    Among the hundreds of awards that recognize his efforts to support his community: the Freedom Team Salute and the William C. Velasquez Volunteer of the Year Award from the Midwest-Northeast voters Registration Project. The American GI Forum has awarded Mr. Galvan the Hector P. Garcia Award for humanitarian efforts on behalf of veterans and their families and has named its scholarship for him: the Alfred P. Galvan Scholarship.

    A longtime resident of the Chicago area, Mr. Galvan has become synonymous with efforts to support vets and their families and with support for Hispanic families and children. An example of his service is his efforts in securing and distributing toys at Christmas to Hispanic children through the Marines' Toys-for-Tots program.

    Memberships include: the Illinois Veterans Advisory Council; state commander and vice commander, The American GI Forum of Illinois, and the federal Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Cemeteries and Memorials. Mr. Galvan is a co-founder of the M&M Society that provides assistance to the needy and scholarships for college-bound youth. He is also an active member of the National Hispanic Scholarship Foundation.

  • Paulette M. Hamlin, DuQuoin, is Executive Director of the Western Egyptian Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. in Steeleville. The Agency serves four counties with a staff of 130 in 20 sites. In this position, she is responsible for all aspects of operation of the Community Action Agency including Senior Services, RSVP, LIHEAP, Head Start, Housing, Weatherization, and Emergency Services through the Community Services Block Grant.

    Her civic engagement includes membership in the Perry County Federal Emergency Management Board of Directors and the Perry, Randolph and Monroe County Interagency Councils. She also is a Girl Scout Leader and a Board Member for the DuQuoin Swim Club. Ms. Hamlin participated in a Rotary Club Group Study Exchange Program to India in 1993.

  • John L. Hosteny, Wheaton, is director of the Corporation for National and Community Service in Chicago, a federal corporation charged with the mission to engage Americans from all backgrounds in volunteer activity. He currently manages a portfolio of 30 federally funded community service programs in the state. He has extensive experience in cross-cultural issues, the needs of distressed economic populations, and the needs of both urban and rural communities.

    Mr. Hosteny’s civic engagement includes service as president of the school board for St. Michael Parish in Wheaton. He is also a Homebound Minister and basketball coach in that parish. He has also served as ex-officio member of the Serve Illinois Commission on Community Service since 2004.

    John Hosteny is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. He also earned an M.S. degree in Management of Public Service from DePaul.

  • Margaret Hellie Huyck, Ph.D., Chicago, is currently a Professor in the Institute of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology; she joined the faculty in 1969. She has been working as a scholar and practitioner in gerontology for almost half a century. Her academic preparation to understand lifespan development began at Vassar College, with studies focused on sociology, anthropology, and education. During her graduate work in the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago she specialized in Adult Development and Aging, with work also in the sociology of education.

    After joining the faculty at IIT, her major research project, funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, focused on family relationships among young adult children and middle-aged and aging parents. She has published two books and many research articles on adult development and aging, and she is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She refined her policy sensitivities as a Senior Policy Fellow at the National Institutes of Health, serving in the Office of Behavioral & Social Sciences.

    Dr. Huyck has applied her understanding of adult development in context to the evaluation of a variety of programs designed to facilitate the development and functioning of adults, older and younger. Among her projects: an evaluation of the Geriatric Residency Rotation at Evanston Hospital and the North Shore Senior Center; an evaluation of a senior peer-counseling program at North Shore Senior Center; consultant for the Successful Aging in a Caring Community project in Blue Island; evaluation specialist for the Active Senior Program at the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club in Chicago; director and evaluator of the "Changing for Good" program designed for midlife and older women and evaluation specialist for the InterProfessional Project Program at Illinois Institute of Technology.

    As an activist, Dr. Huyck has been most involved with the Older Women's League (OWL). This national organization was founded in 1980 to provide education and advocacy on issues of special concern to midlife and older women. Dr. Huyck serves as the Great Lakes District representative on the OWL National Board of Directors. Previously, she has edited the OWL Illinois Newsletter and led the OWL Illinois organization for several years. In addition, she is the Chair of the Senior Advisory Council of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club.

  • Betty Martz, O'Fallon, is personnel and benefits manager for Saint Clair County. In this capacity, she is familiar with public and private health benefits, workers’ compensation and liability. She is also responsible for the administration and maintenance of a Loss Control Program for the County.

    Mrs. Martz has a long history of civic engagement, including membership on the Resident advisory council, Specialized Living Center Group Home, St. Ann’s Society of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Knights of Columbus Auxiliary, Ladies Auxiliary, Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Clair County Democratic Womans Club and the St. Clair Senior ad hoc Committee.

  • Marc R. Miller, Champaign, is a lawyer who concentrates on estate planning, tax, real estate, municipal and corporate law. He serves on the Illinois State Bar Association Elder law Section, and on the Crisis Nursery Board in Champaign and the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force. He earned his law degree from the University of Illinois.

  • Phyllis Mitzen, Chicago, is consultant and co-director of the center for Long Term Care Reform with the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group headquartered in Chicago. She also serves as coordinator of the older Adult Program Concentration at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and is a partner in Holstein, Mitzen & Associates. In this consulting practice, she concentrates on policy analysis, education and training on aging issues, ethics programs and curriculum development.

    Mrs. Mitzen, holds an A.M. degree from the University of Chicago, where she focused on administration and aging. From 1980 until 2004, she held a number of progressively responsible positions for the Council for Jewish Elderly.

  • Penelope "Penny" Neale, Lebanon, is a new member of the Council – but she is not new to the field of aging. When she moved to Illinois in 1974, Mrs. Neale immediately plunged into community service at the Belleville Area College. She remained there for 34 years – first as Director of the Multipurpose Center, and then as Director of Programs and Services for Older Persons. Mrs. Neale’s signature during that time was her insistence on promotion of education, wellness and frank discussions of illness and recovery. This openness included information sharing about mental illness and cancer – subjects often avoided back then.

    A breast cancer survivor and activist, Mrs. Neale is a member of Y Me, and she established an organization called SHARE in St. Louis for cancer survivors and their families. She also served on the Penny Severns Breast Cancer Research Advisory Council under the umbrella of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Recently, Mrs. Neale was invited to Washington to review proposals for breast cancer research for the U.S. Department of Defense. The invitation, she said, was "one of the proudest moments of my life."

    Mrs. Neale has served as president of the Illinois Association of Senior Centers, and has served the National Council on Aging’s Institute for Senior centers and the Illinois Alliance for Aging.

    Penny Neale earned a B.A. in English from Northwestern University and an M.A. in English from Middlebury College in Vermont. She taught English and art history in Massachusetts and Tennessee before moving to Illinois.

  • Robert J. O'Connor, Aurora, is an attorney who specializes in elder law. Mr. O’Connor, former chair of the Illinois Council on Aging, has served as an alderman in Aurora, and as a member and past chairman of the Board for Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging. He also is a member of the board for the Aurora Police Foundation, the Visiting Nurses Association and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. Mr. O’Connor is a member of the Exchange Club of Aurora and of the Kane County Bar Association.

  • Anna M. Oestreich, Greenville, is executive director of the Bond County Senior Citizens Center, Inc., in Greenville. In this position she has worked to support all aspects of the older person’s world, including volunteer opportunities, public transit, assistance with health insurance, income tax and finances, housing, diet and fitness, recreation and education.

    Ms. Oestreich is past president of the Association of Illinois Senior Centers and a board member of the Bond County Health Department. She is a governing board member of both the Illinois Public Transit Association and the Rural Transit Assistance Program.

    She has won the Greenville College Presidential Award, the Greenville Jaycees Distinguished Service Award and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Gerald Turley Award. She was named Southern Illinois Valedictorian by the Senior Health Insurance Program, and the Illinois Senior Health Insurance Program Coordinator of the Year by the Illinois Department of Insurance. She was named delegate to the 1990 White House Conference on Aging.

    Ms. Oestreich graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, and received a Certificate of Professional Development in Gerontology from the University of Illinois.

  • Dana Rosenzweig, Belleville, has been with the St. Clair County Mental Health Board since 1987. He has served as the Executive Director since 1999.

    Mr. Rosenzweig holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from St. Louis University. He has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from McKendree University and has completed post graduate work at St. Louis University in Health Care Management.

    Dana Rosenzweig is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He is also a founding board member of the St. Clair County Children's Advocacy Center and serves on the Board of the Children First Foundation in Belleville. Mr. Rosenzweig is also a member and past president of the Association of Community Mental Health Authorities of Illinois.

  • Patricia Taylor, Winnetka, has, for 40 years, served the state, her region and the nation in a variety of management positions and as a volunteer. She is an advocate of a volunteer culture for all service programs since this allows the use of available talent with maximum efficiency. This conviction is reflected in her current work on public policy development and advocacy. For 24 years, she served the North Shore Senior Center, now headquartered in Northfield, first as a program director, and finally, as executive director of a greatly expanded organization. After her retirment, she was a trust office at NBD Bank (now Chase Bank).

    Pat Taylor was founding board member of the Association of Illinois Senior Centers, the SSI Coalition, the Illinois Women’s Health Coalition, OWL Illinois and the Suburban Cook County Area Agency on Aging (now AgeOptions). Her other activities include board membership of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, ChildSrv, the Joint Strategic Planning Committee of the United Way and the Homes for Children Foundation and the Midwest Palliative and Hospice Care Center.

    For the state of Illinois, she has served as Long-term Care Subcommittee for the Department of Public Aid (now Healthcare and Family Services), the Women’s Health Committee, Department of Public Health, Illinois Status of Women Committee Balancing Work and Family.

    On the national scene, she served on the first board of the National Council on Aging’s National Institute of Seniors, where she helped develop senior center standards that have now become the tool for senior center accreditation. She also served on the national board of the Older Women’s League (now OWL). She has attended three meetings of the White House Conference on Aging.

    Pat Taylor is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a B.A. in economics and industrial psychology.

  • Donna Withrow, Springfield, retired after 33 years of service to Illinois. She worked with the Illinois Department of Public Aid, now the Department of Healthcare and Family Service, as a public service administrator. In this position, she participated in the development and design of programs within the Illinois Medicaid Program. She also worked closely with the Auditor General’s Office to identify potential Medicaid fraud, and assisted the Illinois State Police in retrieving documents supporting the participation of medical providers targeted as possible fraudulent providers.

    Ms. Withrow is a longtime member of the Business and Professional Women's Organization, and has held a number of leadership positions for that group at the local and district levels. She was chairman of the Illinois Business and Professional Women's Organization and recipient of that group’s Outstanding Working Woman Award. She also was a member of the Coalition of Business and Professional Women group.

    A former volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Senior Service Center of Illinois and is chairman of its Senior Advisory Council.

  • Steve Wolf, Belleville, has devoted his career to long-term care. He has been a long-term care administrator for 39 years and a management consultant to long-term care facilities for more than 30 years. Mr. Wolf is president and owner of Eldercare, Inc., a management company; and also president and owner of Columbia Convalescent Center, Inc., in Columbia, Illinois.

    Steve Wolf has served as lecturer on long-term care management issues for the Illinois Health Care Association, American College of Health Care Administrators, County Nursing Home Association, SIU-Edwardsville, SIU-Carbondale, St. Louis University School of Nursing, The Illinois CPA Foundation, and others.

    Mr. Wolf earned a B.S. from Boston University and has kept on top of issues with over 1,600 hours of continuing education in long-term care. A Fellow in the American College of Health Care Administrators, he served a treasurer for the Illinois Chapter of that group. Mr. Wolf is past president of the Illinois Health Care Association and a member of the American Health Care Association’s Payment for Services Committee.

    Steve Wolf currently serves on boards and advisory councils for the Area Agency on Aging of Southwestern Illinois, the United Way, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, and the Southwestern Illinois College Programs and Services for Older Persons. He is Chair of Friends of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.



  • Louis "Lou" Viverito (District 11), Burbank, is Assistant Majority Leader in the Illinois State Senate. A legislator since 1995, he serves on the Committees on Rules, Executive, Executive Appointments and Higher Education.

    Sen. Viverito has served as a Stickney Township Supervisor and as President of the Stickney Township Public Health District. He is a veteran of the Korean War.


  • Thomas "Tom" Holbrook (District 113), Belleville, has represented the 113th District since 1995. Rep. Holbrook is chair of the Public Utilities Committee; vice-chair of the Committees on DCFS Oversight, Financial Institutions, Railroad Safety, Registration and Regulation, Revenue and Telecommunications. He is sub-chair of the Committees on Air, Environmental Quality, Solid Waste and Water. He also is a member of the Committee on Environment and Energy. Rep. Holbrook earned a B.A. at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

  • John C. "Jack" McGuire (District 86), Joliet, represents the 86th District, and serves as Assistant Majority Leader of the Illinois Senate. Rep. McGuire, who has served since 1991, serves on the Committees on Aging, Drivers Education and Safety, Health Care Availability and Access, Revenue, Tourism and Conventions and on the Subcommittee on Property Tax.

    A full-time state legislator, Rep. McGuire earned a B.A. in business education from Colorado State University, and is a former teacher, coach and Joliet Township Supervisor. He was named Legislator of the Year by the American Red Cross. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

  • Chapin Rose (District 110), Mahomet, has served the 110th District since 2003. He serves as minority spokesperson on the Judiciary I - Civil Law Committee. He also serves on the Committees on Appropriations-Higher Education; Environment and Energy; Financial Institutions; Gaming, Insurance, Juvenile Justice Reform and on the Subcommittees on Water and Legislative Research unit.

    Rep. Rose, a full-time state legislator, earned his J.D. at the University of Illinois and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He has been named Outstanding Legislator by the Illinois Drug Education Alliance.

  • Angelo "Skip" Saviano (District 77), Elmwood Park, has represented the 77th District since 1993. Rep. Saviano, a full-time state legislator, is chair of the Committee on Aging. He also serves on the Committees on Appropriations-Public Safety, Executive, Gaming, Health and Healthcare Disparities, Public Utilities and Registration and Regulation. He also serves on the Committee on Registration and Legislation. Rep. Saviano earned a B.A. from DePaul University in Chicago.

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