The adjutant general of Illinois is the senior officer of the Illinois Army National Guard and the Illinois Air National Guard. The Illinois Naval Militia was also part of the adjutant general's command, until it was disbanded.

The post is currently held by Richard J. Hayes, Jr. Hayes was named to the post while serving as Deputy Adjutant General by Governor Bruce Rauner on 25 May 2015. He assumed command on 8 June upon the retirement of his predecessor, Daniel Krumrei.[1]



While the post dates back to territorial days, before the Civil War the position was, with the exception of the Black Hawk War, mainly honorary and the pay negligible. The Adjutant general was effectively the chief of the Governor's staff. As the Civil War broke out the post became important. Colonel Thomas S. Mather resigned to enter active service, and Judge Allen C. Fuller was appointed, remaining in office until 1 January 1865.

The office of Adjutant-General for the State of Illinois, as such, was created by act of the legislature on 2 February 1865.

The first appointee was Isham N. Haynie, who served until 1869, when he died in office. Reviewing the role in 1869, as the volunteer army had been mustered out, and the duties of the Adjutant General correspondingly decreased, the legislature reduced the size of the department and its funds. After the adoption of the 1877 military code, the Adjutant General again became prominent within the state government.[2]

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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-08-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Rauner names new National Guard adjutant general".
  8. ^ Press, The Associated (February 7, 2019). "Illinois governor names Air Force officer as adjutant general". Air Force Times.
  9. ^ Press, The Associated. "Gov. Pritzker tabs Air Force officer as Illinois adjutant general". Journal Star.
  10. ^ report, Staff. "Springfield man named to lead Illinois National Guard". The State Journal-Register.