Contact Information

Mark K. Whitlock Employment Support Specialist 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd
Springfield IL

Kathy Kozak Program Support Technician 8660 W. Cermak Rd.
North Riverside IL 60546

Jean Collier Administrative Support Technician 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd
Springfield IL

Darrell Melrose Employment Coordinator Armed Forces Reserve Center 3101 S. Airport Road
Peoria IL 61607
309-633-1104 Ext 5367


Committee Leadership

Mr. Ron Bacci State Chair
Dr. Michael Ayers Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Terry McCollom Military Outreach Director
Mr. Bennett Krause EIP Director
Mr. Dick Franzen Ombudsman Services Director
Mr. Mike Holub Public Affairs Director
Mr. Tim Franklin Training Director
Ms. Laurie Silvey Awards Director


Illinois Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is one of 54 ESGR State Committees nationwide working with a common purpose - to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

Illinois ESGR works through a network of dedicated volunteers throughout the state who carry out this mission. Our volunteers conduct employer outreach programs, including informational briefings and events, neutral mediation and recognition of employers whose policies support or encourage military service. We also work to inform and educate thousands of Reserve Component members regarding their rights and responsibilities under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and ways to develop and maintain a good relationship their employer.

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March 12, 2015Illinois ESGR hosts Breakfast with the Boss event

GREAT LAKES, Ill. – Twenty-seven area employers of National Guardsmen and Reservists gathered at the Naval Station Great Lakes Port O'Call banquet facility March 11 for a "Breakfast with the Boss" event, sponsored by the Illinois Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The employers were welcomed by Illinois ESGR State Chair Renato (Ron) Bacci.

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February 26, 2015AbbVie honored by Department of Defense for extraordinary support
NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. – Michael Peck, Superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC) of Lake County, and a member of the Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), presented AbbVie Corporation with the ESGR Above and Beyond Award for its exceptional support of employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.  Learn More.
February 24, 2015National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of February 10, 2015
Washington - The Army National Guard and Marine Corps Reserve announced an increase activated National Guard members and reservists this week, while the, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve announced a decrease of activated National Guard members and reservists. Coast Guard Reserve numbers did not change from last week. The net collective result is a decrease of 429activated National Guard members and reservists in comparison to last week. Learn More.