Contact Information

Kathy Kozak Volunteer Support Technician 8660 W. Cermak Rd.
North Riverside IL 60546
309-567-6111
kathy.a.kozak.ctr@mail.mil

Thomas Korth Program Support Specialist 1301 North MacArthur Blvd
Springfield IL 62702
217-761-3971
thomas.j.korth.ctr@mail.mil

MAJ Loren J. Easter IL ESGR Program Coordinator 1301 North MacArthur Blvd
Springfield IL 62702-2317
217-761-3642
loren.j.easter.mil@mail.mil

Illinois

Committee Leadership                                                                                                                                

Mr. Ron Bacci State Chair
Mr. Mike Holub Vice Chair
Ms. Rachael Krekel Awards Director
Ms. Laurie Silvey Employer Outreach Director
Mr. Terry McCollom               Military Outreach Director
Mr. Dick Franzen
Ombudsman Services Director
Ms. Amy Malina
Public Affairs Director
Mr. Dave MacDonna Training Director
Dr. Troy M. Stinson
Volunteer Management Coordinator
   

                                                                   

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, 2019Department of Defense Announces 30 Finalists for the 2019 Employer Support Freedom Award
WASHINGTON ­– Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) proudly announces the 30 finalists for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The finalists represent large and small employers, as well as public sector organizations. ESGR received 2,415 nominations for this prestigious award for employers throughout 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.  Learn More.
February 28, 2019DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE NAMES SEMIFINALISTS FOR 2019 TOP EMPLOYER AWARD

WASHINGTON – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) program, has identified 135 employers as semifinalists for the 2019 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, commonly referred to as the Freedom Award.

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November 30, 20182019 FREEDOM AWARD NOMINATION SEASON CLOSES SOON
WASHINGTON – It’s time to break the internet with accolades and kudos for the most supportive employer out there!  Only thirty-one days remain to nominate your employer for the 2019 Freedom Award! Learn More.

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