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Commission & Staff

The EEC is a nine-member commission. Five commissioners are appointed by the Governor, and one commissioner each is appointed from the Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer. No more than five commissioners may be of the same political party. The Commission meets at least once each month to perform its statutory duties. These duties include:

  • conducting administrative hearings on alleged violations of the Ethics Act
  • preparing public information to facilitate compliance with ethic laws
  • providing guidance to Ethics Officers
  • receiving reports of activity from Executive Inspectors General
  • receiving reports of ex parte communications from Ethics Officers
  • overseeing the annual ethics training for all employees of the executive branch of State Government.

Commission

Walter P. Turner, III

Walter P. Turner, III  
Treasurer's appointee from Flossmoor.

Shawn W. Denney

Shawn W. Denney
Attorney General's appointee from Springfield. Father Shawn Denney is Archdeacon of the Springfield, Illinois Diocese of the Episcopal Church and former Senior Counsel to the Illinois Attorney General.

James Faught

James Faught - Secretary
Comptroller's appointee from Wilmette. James Faught is the Associate Dean for Administration at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Maria Kuzas

Maria Kuzas - Vice Chairman
Secretary of State appointee from Chicago. Maria is a registered nurse with a clinical and management background in home health, hospice care, patient satisfaction and community education. Maria is part of the interdisciplinary, palliative team at JourneyCare Hospice.

Maria Kuzas

James Schink - Chairman
Governor's appointee from Chicago. Mr. Schink was a Partner and General Counsel of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, where he now serves as Of Counsel.​

Chasity Boyce

Chasity Boyce
Governor's appointee from Chicago. Chasity Boyce is the diversity and inclusion projects manager at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP. She has served as associate general counsel in the Governor’s office in the past.​

Teresa Bartels

Teresa Bartels
Governor's appointee from Mundelein. Teresa is President of Gateway for Cancer Research, following a career in both the non-profit (United Way International, United Way of America and United Way of Lake County, IL) and business sectors (former Manpower franchises in northern IL and Northern MN.) Teresa has been active in numerous organizations concerned with secondary and higher education, early childhood intervention, sexual abuse prevention and treatment, and patient-centered cancer care. 

Ryan Ruskin
Ryan Ruskin
Governor's appointee from Chicago. Ryan is the president and COO of the Ruskin Group, a sustainable packaging company founded by his great-grandfather.  Previously, he was a management consultant with A.T. Kea
Teresa Bartels

Andy Volpert
Governor’s appointee from Springfield.  Andy is an American History and Government teacher at Springfield Southeast High School.  He previously served on the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s Board of Trustees.​

Staff

  • Chad Fornoff, Executive Director - Chad Fornoff is a former Illinois Assistant Attorney General and was most recently Chief Legal Counsel to the Illinois Court of Claims. Chad.Fornoff@illinois.gov
  • Stephen Rotello, General Counsel - Stephen Rotello has ​had a long career in State government, including time as Deputy Director of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, Senior Assistant Attorney General, and most recently as a State Purchasing Officer for Public Institutions of Higher Education. Stephen.Rotello@Illinois.gov​
  • Craig P. Williams II, Chief Financial Officer - Craig is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (B.S.in Accountancy, 2007). Mr. Williams most recently served as a Chief Information/Compliance Officer for the EEC, and previously worked at Sikich LLP as an auditor. Craig.Williams@illinois.gov
  • Rebecca Shuster, Human Resources Director - Rebecca.Shuster@illinois.gov
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