For Immediate Release

Statement from the Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) and Chicago Cook Workforce Innovation Board (WIB)

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership’s (The Partnership) founding CEO, Karin Norington-Reaves, resigned her position at The Partnership effective Saturday, March 19, 2022. We are grateful to Karin for her decade of leading The Partnership’s team of dedicated and talented professionals, creating and implementing innovative programs benefiting job seekers and employers. The innovations developed during her tenure in creating programs and services serving tens of thousands of job seekers and employers are renowned in our city, region, and nation. We are thankful for her leadership and unparalleled commitment to her life’s work: economic empowerment through workforce development.

Illona Sheffey-Rawlings and Patrick Combs will continue to serve as Co-Acting CEOs to ensure the great work we do as an organization continues uninterrupted, with an unwavering commitment to service.

We wish Karin all the best in her new endeavors as she takes the next step in her 30-year career in public service.

About The Partnership

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is a non-profit umbrella organization operating the public workforce system for the City of Chicago and Cook County.

The Partnership combines federal and philanthropic resources to provide comprehensive workforce development services to employers and job seekers. As the largest public workforce development system in the nation, The Partnership has helped place more than 70,000 individuals in employment; collaborated with more than 2,000 employers; and administered more than $400 million in federal and philanthropic funds. The Partnership’s network consists of 90+ community-based organizations, American Job Centers, satellite sites and sector-driven centers, serving more than 140,000 people annually.  Learn more at