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Mr. Mike Chamness

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Local Address:  Springfield , Illinois , United States
Illinois Terrorism Task Force

Employment History

  • Director
    Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Bachelor of Science degree , Communications
    Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
197 Total References
Web References
NEWS: IBHE Focuses On Campus Security, 19 Mar 2013 [cached]
Mike Chamness, who helps lead the CSTF Response Committee and is Chairman of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force;
Chamness will discuss the activities of the Task Force's Response Committee, including distribution of interoperable radios, all-hazards training sessions sponsored by the CSTF, guidance on emergency communications systems, and characteristics of model plans for confronting man-made or natural emergencies.
CUSEC - Board of Directors, 9 Feb 2003 [cached]
Mr. Michael Chamness, State DirectorIllinois Emergency Management Agency110 E. Adams StreetSpringfield, Illinois 62701Phone: (217) 782-2700Fax: (217) 524-7967
Michael Chamness, Director, ..., 25 Jan 2002 [cached]
Michael Chamness, Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Michael ChamnessDirector, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
Chamness is the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency appointed to the cabinet position by Governor Ryan in February of 1999.He also serves as Chairman of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force as established by the Governor's Executive Order, and as Chairman of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).
Chamness is a member of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Terrorism Committee and a former member of the NEMA Board of Directors.He also is Vice Chairman of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) and a member of CUSEC's Board of Directors.
Prior to coming to IEMA, Chamness served eight years as Director in the Office of the Secretary of State where he also served as chairman of the Graduated Drivers License Task Force.
Chamness also worked as a newspaper editor at the Southern Illinoisan newspaper in Carbondale and later at the State-Journal Register newspaper in Springfield.In the newspaper business, Chamness won a national award for column writing and state awards for his series on Title IX and for coverage of a crash of an Air Illinois flight.
Chamness is a graduate of Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.He also was winner of the Oldham Paisley Journalism Scholarship at SIU-C.He lives in Rochester with his wife, Peggy, and has two daughters, Angela and Cindy.
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Jo Napolitano » Twisters Sweep Midwest, Killing at Least 8 in Rural Illinois Town | Writer, reporter, editor [cached]
"The only reason they would have been in the basement was to seek shelter, said Mike Chamness, the senior policy director for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
The two-story Milestone Tap was by far the most devastated building in Utica, with each floor collapsing onto the basement, where some patrons may have gone to seek shelter, Mr. Chamness said.
"Sometimes, you go according to the book, which in the case of a tornado means getting to the lowest level or an interior room, and things can still turn out tragically," Mr. Chamness said.
Press Release 5.16.2002 | BigBamboo, LLC, 16 May 2002 [cached]
"We are very excited about implementing EAMS," commented Mike Chamness, director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
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