Eastern Illinois Economic Development Authority

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Andrew Hamilton

Contact Title

Executive Director of Eastern Illinois Economic Development Authority

Contact Phone


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Contact Comments

Andrew Hamilton – Executive Director 217-546-7525


The Authority promotes industrial, commercial, and residential development, services, transportation, and recreational activities and facilities in Ford, Iroquois, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Douglas, Moultrie, Shelby, Coles, and Edgar counties and any navigable waters and air space located therein; authorized to issue bonds, enter into loans, contracts, agreements, and mortgages.


6 years, initial terms are staggered, and until successor is appointed and qualified

Senate Confirmation



Must reside within the territorial jurisdiction of the Authority. Public members shall be persons of recognized ability and experience in economic development, finance, banking, industrial development, small business management, real estate development, etc.




14 members as follows: 3 appointed by the Governor 1 each appointed by the County Board Chair the following Counties: -Ford -Iroquois -Piatt -Champaign -Vermilion -Douglas -Moultrie -Shelby -Coles -Edgar -Director of DCEO or designee, ex officio


Elected by the Board


70 ILCS 506/1

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Templeton, Pete 01/18/2016 01/18/2010 Edgar County Board Chair Member Edgar
Vacant Governor Member
Levi, George 01/21/2013 04/11/2008 Governor Member Moultrie
Dreher, John 01/16/2012 04/11/2008 Governor Treasurer, Member Vermilion
VACANT Statute Ex-Officio, DCEO Director or Designee
Lahr, Jeff 01/19/2015 01/19/2009 Coles County Board Chair Member Coles
Wilkinson, Arthur 01/21/2013 01/15/2007 Piatt County Board Chair Treasurer, Member Piatt
Barragree, Kim 01/21/2016 01/21/2013 Iroquois County Board Chair Member Iroquois
McCabe, David 01/19/2015 01/19/2009 Moultrie County Board Chair Member Moultrie
Looft, Jim 01/20/2014 Shelby County Board Chair Member Shelby
Lee, Todd 01/16/2014 05/13/2008 Vermillion County Board Chair Vice Chair, Member Vermilion
Bergeson, Randy 01/18/2016 12/30/2010 Douglas County Board Chair Member Douglas
Swim, Mitch 01/21/2019 01/21/2013 Champaign County Board Chair Chair, Member Champaign
Stagen, Elynor 01/16/2018 01/16/2012 Ford County Board Chair Member Ford