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; providing 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) corp-oration 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: Joe Dively, First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
Secretary: Calvin Butler, Exelon
Treasurer: Rick Newfield
Tim Elder, Caterpillar
Mary Crego, State Farm
Dr. James Weyhenmeyer, SUNY
Douglas Whitley, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Associate Secretary: Candace Gerritsen, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Foundation Staff
Douglas Whitley, President & CEO
Candace Gerritsen, COO