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Governor's Office of Human Resources - RG 313 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Governor's Office of Human Resources - RG 313
Variant Name: Illinois Office of Economic Activity

Historical Note:

The Illinois Office of Economic Activity was created by the General Assembly in 1965 to cooperate with the federal Office of Economic Opportunity and bring Illinois the maximum benefits of the federal 1964 Economic Opportunity Act, apply for technical assistance grants, publicize the provisions of the federal act, assist communities in developing community action committees, encourage development of research and training grant proposals, and coordinate state agencies which had resources bearing on local community action programs. The office employed a director, three assistant directors, and support staff. It was advised and overseen by a council of thirteen related state agency directors and chairmen and an Advisory Committee of twenty interested public members appointed by the Governor (L. 1965, pp. 1970-1972).

The Illinois Office of Economic Activity was replaced in 1969 when the General Assembly created the Governor's Office of Human Resources. This office was to review the programs of the Department of Public Aid, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Vocational Education, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Corrections, Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, State Employment Service, Department of Business and Economic Development, Commission on Children, Human Relations Commission, and the Fair Employment Practices Commission and under federal guidelines form a comprehensive plan for the development of the state's human resources through the delivery of services at the community level (P.A. 76-1861, pp. 4110-4111). The office ceased to exist when its funding was ended in 1977 (P.A. 80-863, pp. 2533-2534).

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