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The Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois

The Statewide Independent Living Council of Illinois (SILC), formed in 1993, is a not-for-profit statewide planning organization. The Council is made up of 18 voting members who are appointed by the Governor and the majority of the voting members must consist of individuals with disabilities who are not employed by a Center for Independent Living (CIL) or a state agency.


The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) of Illinois is responsible to provide the leadership, education, information, and planning required to support Independent Living services in Illinois. SILC is specifically responsible to develop and monitor implementation of the Statewide Plan for Independent Living that guides federal funding of Centers for Independent Living. SILC also carries out other projects as directed by the Council.

The Executive Director is accountable to the Governor-appointed Council and is responsible for administration and coordination of all SILC activities. He/she communicates with SILC’s partner organizations and with the Illinois legislature regarding Independent Living needs of Illinois residents with disabilities.

Qualifications: Personal experience with disability and commitment to the Independent Living philosophy and advocacy for the rights of persons with disabilities very important. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent disability rights/independent living experience plus at least three years administrative experience required. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills, a demonstrated history of leadership, and knowledge of not-for-profit guidelines.

To apply send cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of at least three professional references by December 31, 2016. Applications may be sent to the Search Committee electronically in Microsoft Word to: Applications may also be delivered or mailed (postmarked no later than December 31, 2016) to:

Search Committee
Statewide Independent Living Council
One West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 716
Springfield, Illinois 62701

No phone calls please.

The position description is available here executive director position description

The Council is committed to a diverse workforce through affirmative action and equal opportunity.
Accommodations available upon request for interview.

The SILC Mission

Our Mission – To provide leadership, research, planning and education required to support independent living services in Illinois. We achieve our mission by: Identifying and reaching out to persons currently un-served and underserved by Centers for Independent Living; Increasing awareness of independent living services and the independent living philosophy; Helping existing CILs to better serve persons with disabilities; and Promoting the development of new CILs.

Our Vision – We see an Illinois where persons with disabilities are independent, in control of their lives and free from barriers to full participation in society.

SILC Activities include – Sponsoring public hearings, public meetings, policy summits and other educational and outreach efforts; providing information to public officials, state agencies and local organizations and individuals; and conducting studies, training and research.

SILC Members – SILC members are volunteers appointed by the Governor. A majority of voting members must be persons with disabilities who do not work for state agencies or Centers for Independent Living. Members are from all regions of the state, represent a broad range of disabilities, and are knowledgeable about Centers for Independent Living and independent living services. Voting members include persons with disabilities, parents, advocates, and representatives from private business, organizations serving persons with disabilities, and CILs. Non-voting members represent state agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities.

SILC Commitments

We promise to persons with disabilities that we will provide leadership in the planning activities and advocacy vital to improving their ability to live independently and participate fully in society.

We promise to Centers for Independent Living that we will provide the training, research and comprehensive planning documents necessary to support the continued development of independent living services and Centers for Independent Living throughout Illinois.

We promise to decision-makers that we will provide authoritative, reliable information necessary to evaluate policy options and to guide the allocation of resources required to allow persons with disabilities to live independently.

We promise to the general public that we will pursue our mission in an open, honest and responsible manner, and that we will provide the public education necessary to ensure adequate independent living services for citizens with disabilities in Illinois.