The primary responsibility of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is to better prepare the State of Illinois for natural, manmade or technological disasters, hazards, or acts of terrorism. Our goal is a "better prepared state." IEMA coordinates the State's disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery programs and activities, functions as the State Emergency Response Commission, and maintains a 24-hour Communication Center and State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). The SEOC acts as lead in crisis/consequence management response and operations to notify, activate, deploy and employ state resources in response to any threat or act of terrorism. IEMA assists local governments with multi-hazard emergency operations plans and maintains the Illinois Emergency Operations Plan.
IEMA is also responsible for protecting Illinois residents from the potentially harmful effects of ionizing radiation, administering more than two dozen programs to protect citizens and the environment. Programs include extensive emergency planning and response efforts and training for local responders for accidents involving radiation; inspecting and regulating radioactive materials licensees; registering and inspecting radiation producing equipment and facilities statewide; accrediting medical radiation technologists; and certifying mammography facilities. IEMA also monitors 11 nuclear power reactors at six nuclear stations licensed to generate electricity in Illinois and inspects and escorts spent nuclear fuel shipments.
Prepare, protect and assist the citizens of the State of Illinois through planning, prevention, training, mitigation, response, and recovery to all hazards, natural or manmade.
Jonathon E. Monken, Director
Jonathon Monken was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn as Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) on February 14, 2011. As director, Mr. Monken oversees Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety and homeland security programs, as well as the agency’s 225+ employees and a budget of more than $425 million. In this capacity, he also serves as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor.
At IEMA, Mr. Monken directed the response and recovery to 7 declared disasters in 91 Illinois counties including the statewide response to the 2011 blizzard, the record floods in 2011 and 2013 and the devastating tornados that struck Harrisburg and Ridgeway in Southern Illinois in 2012 and the statewide tornado outbreak on November 17th of 2013.
Mr. Monken serves in several regional and national capacities including Vice President of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), Chairman of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), and sits on the Board of Directors for the National Information Sharing Consortium (NISC). Mr. Monken is also a member of the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council.
Prior to becoming IEMA director, Monken served for two years as Acting Director of the Illinois State Police, an agency with a staff of 3,400 sworn and civilian personnel and an annual budget of approximately $428 million. Jonathon also possesses a distinguished military career having served one tour of duty in Kosovo and two combat tours in Iraq between January 2003 and December 2006. While serving with the United States Army, Major Monken was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device for valor in combat.
Monken graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where his military class rank placed him in the top 1% of his class. He also holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Jonathon enjoys being active in his community and is a proud member of American Legion Post #1922 and Springfield Mid-Town Club of Rotary International.
He lives in Springfield with his wife Jennifer and their sons Jack, Luke and Zach.