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Homeland Security

GHSA Welcome

Welcome to the Illinois Emergency Management’s Homeland Security Webpage.  With the current threat, the State of Illinois continued to change to meet and exceed those need and address those threats.  As the State of Illinois’ Homeland Security Advisor we understand the importance of working together with all-of-government, critical infrastructure and community partners.  We are only as strong as our weakest link. That is why I encourage you to get involved. There are several areas you can start. First, ensure your family and neighbors have plan. Second, talk to your friends and community network like a congregation or local school about ways you can work together.  Next, consider ways to reduce your personnel risks in cybersecurity by keeping up to date with security patches, changing passwords, and educating yourself on misinformation and disinformation and how you can protect yourself.

Meet Our Homeland Security Staff

Alicia Tate-Nadeau

Alicia Tate-Nadeau was appointed by Governor JB Pritzker to serve as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor in January 2019.  In her capacity as Illinois Homeland Security Advisor, Tate-Nadeau serves on the Executive Committee for the Governor's Homeland Security Advisor Council.  

Tate-Nadeau also serves on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's (CISA) Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, as Regional Vice President of the Homeland Security Committee for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), the Cybersecurity Committee for the Council of Governors and is nominated for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC).

Tate-Nadeau brings more than three decades of experience in national security, emergency management, and public safety issues. Prior to this appointment, Tate-Nadeau served as Executive Director of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications where she implemented and managed the third largest 9-1-1 call center in the nation and procured all information and technology for public safety in the City of Chicago.

Ms. Tate-Nadeau was the first female general in Illinois history and completed her military service as the Assistant Adjutant General for the Illinois National Guard with a concurrent assignment as the Deputy Commanding General, Army National Guard, United States Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, as well as overseas tours in Iraq and Israel.  Ms. Tate-Nadeau was the first National Guard liaison to Israel serving a three year tour to the Israel Home front Command.

Tate-Nadeau is also active in several civic organizations. She serves on the American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois Regional Board of Directors.   In her capacity as Retired Brigadier General, Tate-Nadeau, is a member of Mission: Readiness, the nonpartisan national security organization of over 700 retired admirals and generals who strengthen national security by ensuring kids stay in school, stay fit, and stay out of trouble. 


A prepared, secure, and resilient Illinois, ready to protect its people from all natural, technological and human threats.

Mission Statement

Through collaboration, coordination and communication, the State of Illinois will research, develop and implement interdisciplinary, multijurisdictional programs and services to protect the people of Illinois from current and emerging natural, technological and human-caused threats and risks.