Illinois Department of Agriculture Fond Remembrances Of Former Agriculture Director And State Rep. Gordon Ropp By Charlie Schlenker • Apr 14, 2020 A giant of Illinois agriculture has died. Former state representative, state agriculture director and longtime 4-H booster Gordon Ropp was 87 years old. Director Callahan Plans To Start Small, Focus On Communication To Restore Former IDNR Prestige By Breanna Grow • Jun 13, 2019 Jeff Smudde / WGLT In the 90 days since Gov. JB Pritzker appointed her head of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Colleen Callahan said she’s gained an understanding of just how big an impact the state’s two-year budget impasse had on the agency. New Illinois Director Of Ag Says Knowledge Of Farming Industry Gives Him "Credibility" By Jaclyn Driscoll • Feb 1, 2019 John Sullivan was chosen by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to head the Illinois Department of Agriculture, succeeding former director Raymond Poe.