Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has named Kristin Richards to serve as the Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security

July 29, 2020: Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has named Kristin Richards, the current Chief of Staff to the Illinois Senate President, to serve as the Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Richards has served two Governors and two Senate Presidents during her 18-year tenure in public service, overseeing nearly two dozen state agencies and seven state budgets. Since 2016, Richards has been the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Senate President, where she leads a 120-member office and serves as Management Adviser for 40 Senate district offices. She is replacing Acting Director Tom Chan.


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