ACRN - America's Career Resource Network Image Skip all navigation links. | Home | About | Contact | Site Map | Glossary | Links |  


Link to Education Challenge Page Link to Economic Challenge Page Link to Career Development Page
What's New?National Career Development GuidelinesImproved Career Decision Making
Get Started:
Link to Students Start Page
Link to Parents Start Page
Link to Teachers Start Page
Link to Counselors Start Page
Link to Administrators Start Page
Link to State Information Page
Link to Resources Page
Link to Evaluation Page
Link to Calendar Page
For ACRN Directors
Link to Directors Login Page
< Return to map
Illinois One Source

Program Goals and Emphasis

The primary goal of the Illinois Career Resource Network (ICRN) is to promote the effective use of quality career resources to enhance the quality of life of Illinois citizens. In accordance with this goal, the ICRN works with their partners to maintain and enhance the Career Information System along with a variety of additional tools for parents, teachers, students, and guidance counselors.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Major industries in Illinois include trade, warehousing and transportation, agriculture, financial activities, and manufacturing. The largest employment is in trade, transportation, government, professional and business services, educational and health services, and manufacturing. The greatest growth in recent years has come in leisure and hospitality and educational and health services.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 4.2%, as compared to 5.9% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Trade & Transportation
• Government
• Professional & Business Services
• Health Care and Social Assistance
• Manufacturing
• Leisure and Hospitality
• Financial Activities
• Construction
• Agriculture

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• A four-page insert designed for all Illinois parents to assist youth with career decisions was placed in the FORWARD magazine which was delivered to juniors at all Illinois high schools. The insert included a letter from the governor and additional career resource information.

• The Illinois Occupational Outlook in Brief brochure highlights occupations expected to provide the most job openings each year, organized by education and training requirements. Over 400,000 were delivered to customers across the state.

• Career Click shows occupations by title, education level and wages. Each has a list of skills that users can include in their resumes. The Web site also provides current and projected employment levels for each county. Most occupations have one-minute videos showing people on the job, with options to choose English, Spanish or open-captioned versions.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Illinois has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Career Clusters
• Career Information Delivery Systems
• Career and Workforce Information Trainings
• Chicago Teachers Training
• Facilitating Career Development
• Local, State, Regional & National Conference Presentations
• Job Fairs and Career Day Presentations
• Illinois Career Resource Network Advisory Committee Meeting
• National Career Development Guidelines
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools80
Middle Schools 250
High Schools 650
Community Colleges 59
4-Year Colleges/Universities 6
Other 180

Primary Resources

Illinois has published the following resources:
• A Guide to Health Careers in Illinois
• CIS Quick Reference Guide
• Countdown Activity Book
• Countdown Quick Reference Guide
• Guides to Career Choices
• Occupational Outlook in Brief
• One Source Brochures & Bookmarks
• State Licensed Occupations Guide
• Workforce and Career Information Guide
• Your 24/7 Career Advisor Poster

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program receives additional funding from the following sources:
• State of Illinois
Significant Program Partnerships

• Board of Higher Education
• Community College Board
• State Board of Education
• Department of Human Services
• Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
• Student Assistance Commission
• Local Workforce Investment Boards

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Contact Person
Mitch Dewey Daniels
Illinios Department of Employment Security
Workforce Analysis and Dissemination Subdivision
850 East Madison, 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: (217) 785-2647
Fax: (217) 558-6660
Web Site:
State Administrative Location

Illinois Department of Employment Security, Economic Information and Analysis Division

Regional Contact Information