The Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) was formalized in 2000 by State of Illinois Executive Order 2000-10 and established as a permanent entity in 2003 by Executive Order 2003-17. The ITTF serves as an advisory body to the Governor, the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The ITTF provides recommendations and guidance on homeland security laws, policies, protocol, and procedures, with a focus on establishing and maintaining long-term strategic solutions to the threats and realities of terrorism and all hazards, including technological, chemical, man-made and natural disasters, and major events.
The ITTF also serves as the state homeland security strategic planning and policy body for U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal preparedness grant programs, ensuring that all available preparedness funding sources are effectively utilized in a collaborative manner. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is designated by the Governor as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) State Administrative Agency (SAA) and, as such, is responsible, in partnership with Western Illinois University and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, for grant management, administration and allocation of federal preparedness funds to grantees.
The membership of the ITTF represents state, urban area and local government, the private sector, and non-governmental entities. The ITTF strives to include “whole community” intrastate and interstate partners, with balanced representation among entities with operational responsibilities or prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery activities within the state.
The ITTF completes an annual report by March 1 on the status of homeland security programs and funding in Illinois. Current and past reports can be viewed under Publications.