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The main purpose of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Foundation is to raise and expend funds for the purposes of financing and sponsoring, publishing, promoting and distributing research on issues important to businesses or issues and analyses of the Illinois economy and business climate; provide educational forums that facilitate the discussion and debate of policy or operational matters that impact businesses generally, business segments of the Illinois economy, or the Illinois business climate; and with other organizations, sponsor activities and research projects that are consistent with the stated purposes above.


The Illinois Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501(c) (3) corporation with a board of directors established according to the Foundation’s bylaws. The Foundation has no employees. The Illinois Chamber currently provides staff support for general administration, financial accounting services and fundraising to the Foundation at no cost to the Foundation.

Chamber Foundation Board

Chairman: Ray Drake, United Parcel Service
Secretary: Joe Dively, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
Treasurer: Mike Moses

Dale Chapman, Lewis and Clark Community College
Rick Newfield, National Bank Holdings Corp.
Dr. James WeyhenmeyerGSU Research Foundation, Georgia State University

Associate Secretary:  Candace Gerritsen, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Foundation Staff

Todd Maisch, President & CEO
Candace Gerritsen, COO

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Contact Us

Associate Secretary
Candace Gerritsen
300 South Wacker Drive, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60606