Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Jennifer Hammer as Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) effective January 17, 2017, and she was confirmed as Director on February 15, 2017.
Jennifer, who brings more than a decade of experience in healthcare law and policy, is the first woman to serve as confirmed Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance. In January 2018, Jennifer became the Chair of the Property and Casualty (C) Insurance Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).
Prior to her appointment as Director, Jennifer served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy in the Office of the Governor where she worked closely with state agencies to develop and implement the Governor’s public policy agenda.
Previously, she served as Special Counsel to the Governor and Policy Advisor for Healthcare and Human Services. In this role, she coordinated all healthcare-related agencies, including the DOI. Jennifer oversaw the transition of Get Covered Illinois, Illinois’ Health Insurance Marketplace, from an independent commission to the DOI.
Prior to joining state government, Jennifer was Associate Vice President/Legal Counsel for Government Affairs for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and a lawyer in private practice with a focus on insurance defense, healthcare, business and advising clients on legislation including the Affordable Care Act.
Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and a J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law. She resides in Springfield, Illinois with her husband, Grant, and three children.
I am pleased to welcome you to the Illinois Department of Insurance. Our mission is:
"To protect consumers by providing assistance and information, by efficiently regulating the insurance industry's market behavior and financial solvency, and by fostering a competitive insurance marketplace."
Our vision here at the Illinois Department of Insurance is to:
"Embrace efficiency and innovation to educate and protect Illinois insurance consumers and to encourage a vital and robust Illinois insurance market"
The Department carries out this mission through effective administration and enforcement of the Illinois Insurance Code (215 ILCS 5/1 et seq.), the Illinois Pension Code (40 ILCS 5/1-101 et seq.), and related laws and regulations, including Title 50 of the Illinois Administrative Code. The Director is also responsible for the operations of the Office of the Special Deputy Receiver, which handles the affairs of insurance companies placed in rehabilitation, conservation or liquidation.
For Fiscal Year 2014, the total amount appropriated to the Department of Insurance is $53,623,500.
The Department of Insurance currently has 243 employees.