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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October 17, 2014Sony Pictures Entertainment signs Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve
CULVER CITY, Calif. – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced that Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), today signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve. Lynton signed the pledge in a ceremony held at the SPE Lot in Culver City. He was joined by Paul Mock, ESGR National Chairman. Learn More.
October 07, 2014National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve activated as of Sept. 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Air Force Reserve, and the Coast Guard Reserve announced a decrease in activated National Guard members and reservists this week, while the Navy Reserve and the Air National Guard announced an increase of activated National Guard members and reservists. The net collective result is a decrease of 485 activated National Guard members and reservists in comparison to last week.

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September 22, 2014Bloomingdale Police Chief Giammarese highly supportive of those serving in the Guard and Reserve
BLOOMINGDALE, Ill.  – The Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, recognized Chief of Police Frank Giammarese of the Bloomingdale Police Department, with the ESGR “Patriotic Employer Award” in recognition of his extraordinary support of a police officer who is member of the U.S Army Reserve. Learn More.