Gladyse C. Taylor | Acting Director
Gladyse C. Taylor was designated as acting director of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) on June 16, 2015, by Governor Bruce Rauner. As IDOC director, she is responsible for overseeing the management and operations of 25 prisons in addition to work camps, boot camps and adult transition centers.
Taylor had recently served as senior advisor to the director since April 6, 2015. Before being named senior advisor, she served as assistant director for the agency, where she actively participated in the implementation of the 2009 Crime Reduction Act through the Risk, Assets and Needs Assessment Task Force, the Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board and Sentencing Policy Advisory Council, and in March of 2015, Governor Rauner appointed Taylor to the Illinois Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform.
Taylor has played a key role in the planning and funding for many of the department’s treatment programs, including program expansion for the Sheridan National Model Drug Treatment and Reentry Program, the Methamphetamine Treatment and Reentry Program at Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center and other key reentry initiatives, including the Statewide Job Preparation programs and Halfway-Back. She also helped to create transitional jobs programs aimed at reducing recidivism and work-to-release programming.
Taylor initially joined the IDOC in 2005, but later served as a deputy director within the Governor's Office of Management and Budget. She returned to the IDOC in 2010 as chief fiscal officer and director of the Public Safety Shared Services Center. In her former roles as chief fiscal officer for IDOC and director of the Public Safety Shared Services Center, Taylor was responsible for formulating fiscal and budgeting policies and plans, developing and coordinating fiscal operations, capital budgeting, procurement, federal and state grant formulation, human resources as well as serving as the liaison for public safety agencies, including Corrections, Juvenile Justice, State Fire Marshall, State Police, Emergency Management and the Prisoner Review Board.
Taylor has a Bachelor of Science degree in business from DePaul University and she worked in the private sector for divisions of PepsiCo. and L’Oreal for more than 25 years prior to joining the State of Illinois.
Secretary to the Director