Contact: Kevin Kjellstrom
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Rockford Cosmopolitan
Prairir Street Brewhouse
United States of America

Please join your Cosmo Brothers this Thursday for a special lunch with Jon Bates of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. Jon Bates is the President of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.  Jon was recruited to Rockford in 1989 to work for Camcar Textron, a global manufacturing company.  After a 22 year career in business, Jon moved to Goodwill Abilities Center in 1999 to be its Director of Finance andeventually Vice President and General ManagerJon joined the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois in 2008 as its Vice President of Finance and Administration, before accepting the position of President in 2015.


Jon previously served on the boards of the Workforce Connection and Youth Build Rockford/Comprehensive Community Solutions Inc.  Jon currently volunteers as the President of the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations. Jon lives in Rockford with his wife Sandy and their stretch beagle, Rocket.