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East Central Illinois Community Action Agency CEO resigns

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity confirmed Friday that CEO Angele Thibodeaux Burns submitted her letter of resignation on August 5.

The Champaign News-Gazette reports Burns’ resignation, which is effective at the end of the month, comes four months after the state agency sent her a letter, demanding that she resign due to mismanagement.

Elder Tyson Parks, chairman of the agency’s board, said Burns is still active in the position. Commerce department Spokeswoman Charity Greene not only confirmed Burns’ resignation, but said the state agency’s “staff on the ground” is working with the board to find the best possible replacement. Greene said “we’re going to make sure the residents of the local counties (Inluding Iroquois, Ford and Vermilion) continue to be served during the transition. 

A former longtime educator and schools administrator, Burns was hired in July 2014 to lead the local community agency, which has been serving residents in Vermilion County since 1966 and in Ford and Iroquois counties since 1977 by administering several federally-funded grant programs.

In December 2017, the state agency conducted a site visit at the local agency, whose main offices are in downtown Danville, to review files for three of its grant programs — the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance program and the Community Services Block Grant Program. After state officials identified non-compliance in multiple areas East Central’s financial management and general program operations, the state agency placed the local agency on an “aggressive” correction action plan in March 2018.

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