(20 ILCS 3932/15)
(a) The Commission shall be composed of 11 voting members appointed
by the Governor from residents of the State whose position, knowledge, or
experience enables them to reasonably represent the concerns, needs, and
recommendations of deaf or hard of hearing persons. At a minimum, 6
voting members of the Commission shall be persons who are deaf
or hard of hearing. The Chairperson of the Commission shall be elected from
the Commission's membership by a simple majority vote of the total membership
of the Commission. The
Vice-Chairperson of the Commission shall be elected from the Commission's
membership by a simple majority vote of the total membership of the Commission.
(b) The Governor shall consider nominations made by advocacy groups for the
deaf and hard of hearing and community-based organizations.
(c) Of the initial members appointed by the Governor, 3 shall be
appointed to terms of one year, 4 shall be appointed to terms of 2 years, and
4 shall be appointed to terms of 3 years. Thereafter, all members shall be
appointed for terms of 3 years. No member shall serve more than 2
A member shall serve until his or her successor is appointed and qualified.
(d) Initial members' terms of office shall be chosen by lot at the
initial meeting of the Commission.
(e) Vacancies in Commission membership shall be filled in the same manner as
initial appointments. Appointments to fill vacancies occurring before the
expiration of a term shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term.
(f) Members shall not receive compensation for their services but shall be
reimbursed for their actual expenses incurred in the performance of their
duties plus up to $50 per day for any actual loss of wages incurred in the
performance of their duties.
(g) Total membership consists of the number of voting members, as defined in
this Section, excluding any vacant positions. A quorum shall consist of a
simple majority of total membership and shall be sufficient to conduct the
transaction of business of the Commission unless stipulated otherwise in the
by-laws of the Commission.
(h) The Commission shall meet at least quarterly.
(Source: P.A. 93-647, eff. 6-1-04