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The Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC) was founded in 1986 by executive order to serve as a link between state and local agencies to improve the delivery of State of Illinois services, to support innovative rural development initiatives, and recommend programs and policies to help improve the quality of rural life in Illinois.

Lt. Governor Sanguinetti is an advocate for the 1.6 million people who live in the 66 non-metro counties of Illinois. In order to build strong rural communities we must look to expand economic opportunities and facilitate partnerships between public and private agencies. Building these relationships will help address the health, educational and transportation needs of the people of Illinois.

Sanguinetti serves as the chair of the GRAC where she leads a group of government agencies, academic institutions, rural advocacy groups and citizen members to ensure the strength of rural Illinois.

Membership includes one representative from each of the following governmental agencies:

  • Department on Aging
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
  • Department of Employment Security
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Community College Board
  • State Board of Education
  • University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service
  • Housing Development Authority
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Institute for Rural Affairs at WIU
  • Illinois Finance Authority

Membership also includes one representative from each of the following non-profits:

  • Illinois Agricultural Association
  • Rural Partners

The governor appoints up to 6 citizen members as required, to increase membership to a total of no more than 25 members.

Meetings


Previous Meetings

  • Thursday, July 14, 2016 11 AM
    Department of Agriculture
    Illinois State Fair Grounds
    801 E. Sangamon Ave
    Springfield, Illinois 62702
  • Thursday, July 7, 2016 10 AM
    Health Working Group
    Lieutenant Governor’s Springfield Office
    Room 214
    Illinois Capitol Building
    Springfield, Illinois 62707

    AgendaMay192016Agenda - July 7, 2016

  • Wednesday, July 6, 2016 11 AM
    Lieutenant Governor’s Springfield Office
    Room 214
    Illinois Capitol Building
    Springfield, Illinois 62707

    AgendaMay192016Agenda - July 6, 2016

  • Wednesday, July 6, 2016 11 AM
    Economic Development Working Group
    Lieutenant Governor’s Springfield Office
    Room 214
    Illinois Capitol Building
    Springfield, Illinois 62707

    AgendaMay192016Agenda - July 6, 2016

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016, 2 PM
    Department of Agriculture,
    Illinois State Fair Grounds,
    801 E. Sangamon Ave, 62702,
    Springfield, Illinois

    Thelma Keller Convention Center
    1202 N. Keller Dr
    Effingham, Illinois

    AgendaMay192016Agenda - May 19, 2016

  • Thursday, March 10, 2016, 2 PM
    Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway Plaza F, Springfield, Illinois,
    AgendaDecember42015Agenda - March 10, 2016

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016, 10 AM
    Health Working Group
    Lieutenant Governor’s Springfield Office
    Room 214
    Illinois Capitol Building
    Springfield, Illinois 62707
    AgendaDecember42015Agenda - April 28, 2016

  • Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 10 AM
    Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC)
    Economic Development Working Group
    Lieutenant Governor’s Springfield Office
    Room 214
    Illinois Capitol Building
    Springfield, Illinois 62707
    AgendaDecember42015Agenda - May 3, 2016

  • Thursday, May 5, 2016, 1 PM
    Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC)
    Workforce Development Working Group
    Lieutenant Governor’s Springfield Office
    Room 214
    Illinois Capitol Building
    Springfield, Illinois 62707
    AgendaDecember42015Agenda - May 5, 2016

  • Thursday, May 5, 2016, 3:30 PM
    Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC)
    Education Working Group
    Lieutenant Governor’s Springfield Office
    Room 214
    Illinois Capitol Building
    Springfield, Illinois 62707
    AgendaDecember42015Agenda - May 5, 2016

 


NOTICE: This agenda conforms to the requirements of Section 2.02 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/02).

Any individual planning to attend who will need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should notify Ennedy Rivera, EEO officer, at (312) 814-5240 or (217)558-3085


GRAC information

Staff Contact

Susan Bence
Springfield Director & Legislative Liaison​
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
214 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 217-558-3085
Fax: 217-558-3094
TDD:
Email: Susan.Bence@illinois.gov
Website: www.illinois.gov/ltg ​​​​​​​​​​