SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed a Champaign man to the state Employment and Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities Task Force.
Quinn announced on Christmas Eve that Dale A. Morrissey of Champaign and Rene Luna of Chicago are his appointees to the task force.
Morrissey is the chief executive officer of the Developmental Services Center.
He has 35 years of experience in disability services and holds degrees from Eastern Illinois University.
Luna is a community organizer and advocate with Access Living.
“The individuals I am appointing are committed to serving the people of our state,” Quinn said in a written release. “These appointees will work hard every day to move Illinois forward.”
According to a state website, the task force analyzes “programs and policies of the state to determine what changes, modifications, and innovations may be necessary to remove barriers to competitive employment and economic opportunity for persons with disabilities, including barriers such as transportation, housing, program accessibility, and benefit structure.”
The task force also analyzes state disability systems, including the mental health, developmental disabilities, veterans’ assistance, workforce investment, and rehabilitation services systems, and their effect on employment of persons with disabilities.