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Jonathon E. Monken, Director, Illinois Emergency Management
Donald Kauerauf, Chairman, Illinois Terrorism Task Force


Jonathon E. Monken

was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn as Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) on February 14, 2011. As director, Mr. Monken oversees Illinois’ disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety and homeland security programs, as well as the agency’s 245+ employees and a budget of more than $618 million. In this capacity, he also serves as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor.

At IEMA, Mr. Monken has directed the response and recovery effort to 91 Illinois counties declared State disaster areas which included the statewide response to the 2011 blizzard, the record floods in 2011 and 2013 and the devastating tornado that struck Harrisburg and Ridgeway in Southern Illinois.

Mr. Monken is Chairman of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), a partnership of the eight states affected by the New Madrid Seismic Zone. He was most recently elected the NEMA Vice-President for FEMA Region V and appointed the Vice-Chair of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Homeland Security Committee. Mr. Monken is also a member of the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council.

Prior to becoming IEMA director, Monken served for two years as Acting Director of the Illinois State Police, an agency with a staff of 3,400 sworn and civilian personnel and an annual budget of approximately $428 million. Jonathon also possesses a distinguished military career having served one tour of duty in Kosovo and two combat tours in Iraq between January 2003 and December 2006. While serving with the United States Army, Captain Monken was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device for valor in combat.

Monken graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where his military class rank placed him in the top 1% of his class. He also holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Jonathon enjoys being active in his community and is a proud member of American Legion Post #1922 and Springfield Mid-Town Club of Rotary International.

He lives in Springfield with his wife Jennifer and their sons Jack, Luke and Zach.

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Donald Kauerauf, Chairman, Illinois Terrorism Task Force

Donald Kauerauf is Chairman of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF). In this position, he is responsible for providing strategic policy and support recommendations to the Director of Homeland Security in Illinois and to the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency in the areas of statewide homeland security preparedness, prevention, protection, response and recovery capabilities. Mr. Kauerauf's responsibilities also include the management and administrative oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Grant Program.

Prior to his employment with the ITTF, Mr. Kauerauf served as Chief of the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Illinois Department of Public Health, where he was responsible for the coordination of response and recovery operations for bioterrorism and other statewide public health emergencies.

Mr. Kauerauf began his state government career in 1987, serving as Assistant to the Chief of Operations for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. In this capacity, he was directly responsible for various disaster response and preparedness activities. During "The Great Mississippi River Flooding of 1993," Mr. Kauerauf was responsible for the implementation of a potable water distribution system for citizens in Madison and Macoupin Counties in Illinois, who were without water service that summer.

Mr. Kauerauf received his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

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