Endangered Species Protection Board

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Contact: Chris Young

Contact Title

IDNR Office of Resource Conservation Director

Contact E-Mail



The Board lists, deletes, or changes listing status of endangered species of animals and plants; advises department on protection, conservation, and management of endangered species and their habitats.


3 years and until successor is appointed

Senate Confirmation





10 members, 9 voting members appointed by the Governor, to include -6 or more naturalists by training 2 or more zoologists - 2 or more ecologists - 1 botanist - Director, Department of Natural Resources, non-voting member


Elected by board


520 ILCS 10/6

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Fant, Jeremie 05/15/2017 01/11/2015 Governor Member McHenry
Young, Chris Statute Ex-Officio, DNR Director Designee
Capparella, Angelo 05/15/2019 01/27/2017 Governor Member McLean
Hofmann, Joyce 05/15/2018 02/26/2010 Governor Member Champaign
Chavez, Samantha 05/15/2024 11/10/2022 Governor Member Rock Island
Coons, Janice 05/15/2017 01/11/2015 Governor Member Champaign
Willink, Phillip 05/15/2019 01/27/2017 Governor Member Cook
Schietzelt, Randall 05/15/2017 01/11/2015 Governor Member Cook
Ting, Tih-Fen 05/15/2023 11/06/2020 Governor Member Sangamon
Gibson, David J 05/15/2024 11/18/2022 Governor Member Jackson