Merit Board

Current members of the Illinois State Police Merit Board are:

Mr. Reeve Waud (Chairman) of Lake Forest, Illinois was appointed to the Merit Board by Governor Bruce Rauner in March of 2015 with a term ending in March 2021. Mr. Waud is the Founder and Managing Partner of Waud Capital Partners (Waud Capital), a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to founding Waud Capital Partners in 1993, Mr. Waud was an investment professional at Golder, Thoma, Cressey, Rauner, Inc. (GTCR), a private equity group in Chicago. Before joining GTCR, Mr. Waud was in corporate finance at Salomon Brothers Inc and was a founding member of its venture capital group. Mr. Waud is a trustee of St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire and is a member of the executive committee and chairman of the audit and finance committee of the John G. Shedd Aquarium. He is a member of the Northwestern Memorial HealthCare (NMHC) Finance Committee which oversees the finances of NMHC and its 7 hospitals, more than 24,000 employees and approximately $9.5 billion of assets. He is a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and serves on of the board of directors of The Economic Club of Chicago. Mr. Waud holds a B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Mr. James V. Riley (Secretary) of Chicago, Illinois, was appointed to the Merit Board by Governor Pat Quinn in April 2010 with a current term ending March of 2024. Mr. Riley is the President of Riley & Friends. He is also the chairman of 100 Club of Chicago, sits on the Board for Regents of Loyola University, chairman of Lake Geneva County club, sits on the Board of Directors for Ceasefire and Board Director for the Irish Fellowship Club. He is a member of the Saddle and Cycle Club of Chicago and the Chicago Yacht Club. He formerly was the Chairman of Navy Pier and he was on the Board of Directors for MPEA.

Mr. Richard W. Porter, P.C. of Chicago, Illinois was appointed to the Merit Board by Governor Bruce Rauner in May of 2016 with a term ending in March 2022.  Mr. Porter is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP in Chicago, Illinois representing public companies, private companies and private equity firms.  Prior to his work at Kirkland & Ellis, Mr. Porter was a Systems Engineer and Marketing Representative for IBM Corporation (1981-1983), a law clerk for Judge Richard Posner (1986-1987),  a Lawyer Economist for Lexecon, Inc. (1987-1988), the Deputy Assistant Secretary Policy Review for the U.S. Treasury (1989-1990), the Special Assistant to the President and Executive Secretary of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House (1990-1991), the Counselor to the Vice President at the White House (1991-1993), as well as many other political adventures.  In addition, Mr. Porter is a National Committeeman for Illinois with the Republican National Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.  Mr. Porter attended college at Middlebury  College and law school at the University of Chicago.

Bishop Eddie L. Warren, PHD of Quincy, Illinois was appointed to the Merit Board by Governor JB Pritzker in June of 2019 with a term ending in March 2025.  He has been and is the Senior Pastor of the Amazing Cathedral of Worship Church since Dec 1980, headquartered in Quincy, IL. He is a published author of eight books. He also is the Presiding Prelate of the organization that he founded in 1995, The International Network of Affiliate Ministries with its 45 churches and nearly 5000 parishioners, and is married to Ella P Warren for the past 41 years.