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Chicago Regional Office

Meet Our Leadership Team


William Streitberger

Director: William Streitberger

William Streitberger was appointed Executive Director of the Chicago Regional Office (RO) in August 2020. As Executive Director, Mr. Streitberger is responsible for administering over $159,000,000 a month in Compensation and Pension benefits to over 107,000 Veterans and their dependents in the 102 counties of the State of Illinois. He supports over 1,300 participants in the Veteran Readiness and Employment Program, assisting them in overcoming barriers to employment and securing independence in their daily living. In addition, the Chicago RO is responsible for determining eligibility for certain benefits and services provided by Insurance, Veteran Readiness and Employment, Loan Guaranty, the Veterans Health Administration and the National Cemetery Administration. 

Adam Swantz

Assistant Director: Adam Swantz

Adam Swantz was appointed to the Assistant Director position at the Chicago Regional Office in March 2023. He assists in the delivery of benefits to Veterans and their dependents in the RO’s service area. Prior to this appointment, he was Veterans Service Center Manager at the Chicago Regional Office and Assistant Director at the New York Regional Office.

John Pennington

Veterans Service Center Manager: John Pennington

John was appointed to the Veterans Service Center Manager position at the Chicago VA Regional Office in August 2023. He joined the Chicago team as the Assistant Veterans Service Representative in August 2019. He joined the Veterans Benefits Administration at the Indianapolis Regional Office in February 2010. He has held previous positions with the Indianapolis Regional Office to include Veterans Service Representative, Public Contact Representative, Military Services Coordinator, Assistant Coach and Coach. Prior to employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Pennington served as an officer in the United States Army. He retired in February 2010.

Herbert Morris

Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) Officer: Herbert Morris

Herbert Morris was appointed to this position in 2014, previouosly the Assistant VR&E Officer at the Muskogee RO.  He enlisted in the US Army in 1981, serving as a paratrooper.  Herbert also served in Iraq and Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and was also stationed in Bosnia.  Herbert was a Drill Sergeant at Fort Jackson and retired from the military at his last duty station in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma in 2001.  Mr. Morris is a product of VA's Chapter 31 program; his first VA position was in 2005 as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the Detroit RO.  In 2007, Herbert transferred to the Muskogee RO.