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 term ending March of 2012. He was reappointed in 2012 with a term expiring March, 2018.  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. Andrew T. Berlin of Glencoe, Illinois, was appointed to the Merit Board by Governor Bruce Rauner in June, 2017, for the remainder of the term expiring in March of 2019. Mr. Berlin is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago-based Berlin Packaging, a $2.3 billion enterprise, and a Partner Owner of the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of the American Cancer Society, Elkay Manufacturing, Image Skincare, and Channel Products. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees at Syracuse University, Mr. Berlin sits on the Advisory Board of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, where he established a fund to support faculty research at the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. He is member of the Public Safety Commission for the Village of Glencoe, IL, which is charged with oversight of Glencoe’s police and fire department, and a member of the Broward Sheriff’s Advisory Council, which supports law enforcement in Broward County, Florida. Mr. Berlin holds a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, has attended the Graduate School of Business Executive Program at Stanford University, has studied military history at Boston College, and holds a B.A. in political science from Syracuse University.

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.

Mr. Gregory G. Hass of Rock Island, Illinois was appointed to the Merit Board by Governor Bruce Rauner in July of 2018.  Mr. Hass is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Valley Construction Co. in Rock Island Illinois, a large heavy civil construction company. Valley Construction Co. is known throughout the region as a company specializing in concrete, asphalt, nuclear plant, underground, structures, commercial and industrial building construction. Greg also served the construction industry as the past and youngest association President of the Associated General Contractors of Illinois (AGCI), President of the Associated Contractors of the Quad Cities and served on the Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary’s Policy Committee.  In addition to this Mr. Hass sits on the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Advisory Board at the prestigious St. Ambrose University where he also graduated. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors, Executive Board, and as Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Hass was also the immediate past Chairman of Trinity Health Enterprises and currently sits on the Foundation Board of Unity Point Heath Systems. He has also served on the Rock Island Crime Taskforce, Black Hawk College Foundation Board, and the Quad Cities Botanical Center Board. Mr. Hass was also recently just appointed to the Quad City Foreign Trade Zone Board. In 2017 he formed and organized the collection and delivery of over 150,000 lbs. of relief aid from Illinois to the devastated flood areas in Houston Texas and in 2013 did the same for the devastation in Moore Oklahoma after the horrific tornados.