Illinois State Board of Investment, Chicago, is searching for its first investment consultant, said William Atwood, executive director. "We stratified the universe into large, national consultants and midsize Chicago- or Midwest-based consultants and will send out about 20 RFPs, he said. Unsolicited proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on whether they meet the $7 billion boards criteria, he added. Tasks would include assisting in asset allocation, monitoring managers, performance analysis, and manager selection. The board will review candidates in July.