Warren Ribley, appointed by Gov Quinn March 2009; Formerly Director of Operations since 2003; oversaw all 12 administrative offices and 12 program bureaus; helped the state of Illinois add more new jobs than any Midwestern state since 2004; facilitated the development of more than 585 new business projects in Illinois; key player in the campaign to bring FutureGen, the �clean-coal plant of tomorrow� to Mattoon. In state government since 1979; Office of Illinois Senate President; Office of State Treasurer; Director of Banking where he worked for Quinn.


To bolster and improve Illinois� competitiveness in the changing global economy. Among the Department�s top priorities: creating and retaining high quality jobs, maintaining a well-trained workforce and building strong communities.


The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is the lead state agency responsible for improving Illinois' competitiveness in the global economy. Guided by an innovative regional approach, DCEO administers a wide range of economic and workforce development programs, services and initiatives designed to create and retain high quality jobs and build strong communities. DCEO leads the Illinois economic development process in partnership with businesses, local governments, workers and families.

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Regional OutreachEqual Opportunity Monitoring & ComplianceStrategic Sourcing & ProcurementEnergy AssistanceIllinois Energy OfficeOffice of AccountabilityOffice of Coal DevelopmentOffice of TourismManagement OperationsEmployment & TrainingEntrepreneurship, Innovation & TechnologyOffice of Urban AssistanceCommunity DevelopmentLegislative AffairsTrade & investmentBusiness DevelopmentIllinois Film OfficeMarketing & Communications