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
Mr. Mike Holub Vice Chair and Public Affairs Director
Dr. Michael Ayers Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Terry McCollom Military Outreach Director
Mr. Bennett Krause EIP Director
Mr. Dick Franzen Ombudsman Services 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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April 08, 2015National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of March 31, 2015
The Department of Defense announced an increase in activated National Guard and reserve component members this week for the Marine Corps Reserve, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, while the Army National Guard, Army Reserve, and Navy Reserve announced a decrease of activated members. Coast Guard Reserve numbers did not change from last week. The net collective result is a decrease of 87 activated National Guard and reserve component members in comparison to last week. Learn More.
March 30, 2015Illinois ESGR recognizes outstanding employers at awards dinner

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. – The Illinois Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, conducted its Annual Awards Banquet March 27 at the Port O' Call Banquet and Conference Center, located on Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois.  The event was to honor more than 40 employers who have gone beyond the requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) in support of their Guard or Reserve employees. 

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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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