Coal Development Board

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Bill Hoback

Contact Title

Deputy Director of the Office of Coal Development

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The Board promotes and develops an annual agenda for research and methodologies to increase use of Illinois coal resources; advises the Office of Coal Development and Illinois Clean Coal Institute on coal research and development policy and projects.


4 years

Senate Confirmation


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Representation of Illinois industries involved in extraction, utilization, or transportation of IL coal and financial or banking interests in the state, as well as persons experienced in international business and economic development.




17 members: 8 "public members" appointed by the Governor; 1 member each appointed by Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate President, Senate Minority Leader, President, University of Illinois, DCEO Director, DCEO Deputy Director of Business Development, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director or designee, and Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals Director.


DCEO Director


20 ILCS 1105/8

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Reitz, Rep. Nathan 10/08/2019 Speaker of the House Member
VACANT Governor Member Peoria
Huff, Ronnie Statute Member Illinois Office of Mines and Minerals Director
VACANT Statute Member DNR Director or designee
VACANT Statute Member DCEO Deputy Director of Business Development
Richards, Kristin Statute Member DCEO, Director
VACANT Senate Minority Leader Member
Belt, Sen. Christopher 01/08/2025 04/22/2022 Senate President Member
Severin, Rep. Dave 08/06/2021 House Minority Leader Member
Killeen, Timothy Statute Member, President, University of Illinois
VACANT Governor Member St. Clair
VACANT Governor Member
VACANT Governor Member DuPage
VACANT Governor Member Williamson
VACANT Governor Member Sangamon
VACANT Governor Member Perry
VACANT Governor Member