Business Enterprise Council for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Alexandria Wilson

Contact E-Mail

Alexandria.Wilson3@Illinois.gov

Function

The Council's authority and responsibility shall be to: (a) Devise a certification procedure to assure that businesses taking advantage of this Act are legitimately classified as businesses owned by minorities, women, or persons with disabilities and a registration procedure to recognize, without additional evidence of Business Enterprise Program eligibility, the certification of businesses owned by minorities, women, or persons with disabilities certified by the City of Chicago, Cook County, or other jurisdictional programs with requirements and procedures equaling or exceeding those in this Act. (b) Maintain a list of all businesses legitimately classified as businesses owned by minorities, women, or persons with disabilities to provide to State agencies and public institutions of higher education. (c) Review rules and regulations for the implementation of the program for businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. (d) Review compliance plans submitted by each State agency and public institution of higher education pursuant to this Act. (e) Make annual reports as provided in Section 8f to the Governor and the General Assembly on the status of the program. (f) Serve as a central clearinghouse for information on State contracts, including the maintenance of a list of all pending State contracts upon which businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities may bid. At the Council's discretion, maintenance of the list may include 24-hour electronic access to the list along with the bid and application information. (g) Establish a toll-free telephone number to facilitate information requests concerning the certification process and pending contracts.

Term

Members shall serve 2-year terms and shall be eligible for reappointment.

Senate Confirmation

No

Compensation

Reimbursed for expenses

Composition

The Council shall be composed of the Chairperson of the Commission on Equity and Inclusion, the Secretary of Human Services and the Directors of the Department of Human Rights, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Department of Central Management Services, the Department of Transportation and the Capital Development Board, or their duly appointed representatives, with the Comptroller, or his or her designee, serving as an advisory member of the Council. Ten individuals representing businesses that are minority-owned, women-owned, or owned by persons with disabilities, 2 individuals representing the business community, and a representative of public institutions of higher education shall be appointed by the Governor. The Director of each State agency and the chief executive officer of each public institution of higher education shall appoint a liaison to the Council. The liaison shall be responsible for submitting to the Council any reports and documents necessary under this Act

Chair

Chair of the Commission on Equity and Inclusion

Authority

30 ILCS 575/5


Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Alonso-Cone, Angie 06/30/2024 09/09/2022 Governor Member, Representative of a minority-owned business Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (IHCC) Cook
Duncan, Dr. Terrence 06/30/2024 12/19/2022 Governor Member, Representative of a minority-owned business Black Contractors United, Inc. Cook
Phillips, Brandy 02/08/2024 Statute Member DOT Secretary Designee
Brazil, Alan Statute Member DHR Designee
Fyffe, Rebecca 06/30/2024 09/02/2022 Governor Member, Representative of a minority-owned business
De La Cruz, Edith 06/30/2024 01/27/2023 Governor Member, Representative of a minority-owned business
Martinez, Jesse 03/31/2026 04/02/2024 Statute Member CDB Designee
DeVaughn, Raven Statute Member CMS Director or designee Cook
DiMenco, Emilia 06/30/2024 08/24/2015 Governor Member, Representative of a minority-owned business Women Business Development Council DuPage
Grimble, Caronina Statute Member DHS Secretary Designee
Jennings-Johnson, Debra 06/30/2024 03/06/2023 Governor Member, Representative of a minority-owned business Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce Cook
Torres, Jeanette Chavarria 06/30/2024 09/09/2022 Governor Member, Representative of a minority-owned business DCH Construction and Hauling Cook
Gomez, Jacqueline 06/30/2024 07/01/2022 Governor Member, Representative of a minority-owned business Hispanic American Construction Industry Cook
Nakano, Megan 06/30/2024 07/07/2023 Governor Member, Representative of a minority-owned business Cook
Green, Ryan 06/30/2022 03/08/2021 Governor Member, Business Community Cook
Johnson, Andrew 06/30/2024 03/08/2021 Governor Member, Business Community DuPage
Vacant 06/30/2024 Governor Member, Higher Education Representative Cook
Delano, Bola 06/30/2024 01/27/2023 Statute Advisory Member Comptroller Designee
Johnson, Arielle 06/30/2026 03/08/2024 Governor Member, Representative of a minority-owned business Cook
Harris, Nina Statute Chair Chair of the Commission on Equity and Inclusion
Sharp, Khama 09/05/2023 Statute Member DCEO Designee