Merit Board

Current members of the Illinois State Police Merit Board are:

Mr. Andrew T. Berlin (Chairman) of Glencoe, Illinois was appointed to the Merit Board by Governor JB Pritzker in July, 2019, for the remainder of the term expiring in March of 2022. Andrew Berlin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago-based Berlin Packaging.  He has led the company for 31 years – taking it from a small distributor to the largest of its kind in the packaging industry, with offices and plants throughout North America, Europe and Africa.  The $2.6 billion company is a global supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures to dozens of industries. In the world of baseball, Mr. Berlin is a Partner Owner of the Chicago Cubs.  He is also the Chairman and Owner of the South Bend Cubs, a minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Prior to being active in commerce, Mr. Berlin was a lawyer with the law firm, Katten, Muchin and Zavis.  Mr. Berlin is also involved in business, community and public-safety endeavors, including sitting on the Boards of Directors of several companies and charities, appointed to the Illinois State Police Merit Board, a Commissioner of the Public Safety Commission in Glencoe, Illinois and he funded the Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism at Syracuse University where he also sits on the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees at Syracuse University. Mr. Berlin is a graduate of Syracuse University with a B.A. in Political Science and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law with a J.D. degree. Mr. Berlin also studied military history at Boston College and business administration at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Full bio and additional information is available at

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.

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.

Ms. Nancy L. Maldonado of Chicago, Illinois was appointed to the Merit Board by Governor JB Pritzker in July of 2019 with a term ending in March 2023.  Maldonado is an attorney and partner at Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C., a public-interest law firm, where she represents plaintiffs in civil rights, employment, housing and fraud cases and serves as outside general counsel for several local non-profit organizations. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Rubén Castillo of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois at the start of her legal career. Maldonado is the former Board President of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and has served on its Board of Directors since 2005. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Apna Ghar (Our Home), which is dedicated to combating gender violence in immigrant communities, and she also serves on the Legal Advisory Board of Arise Worker Center. Maldonado previously served on the Board of Directors of La Casa Norte, a social service agency in Chicago that serves youth and families confronting homelessness, including as its Secretary from 2004 through 2005. She is a recipient of the Hispanic Lawyers’ Association of Illinois Mentor of the Year award, was nominated to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in 2017, is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow (class of 2019), was honored by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2019 as one of Chicago’s Notable Minority Lawyers, and is a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School for the 2019-2020 academic year.