legislative update

The 2022 Illinois Extension Local Government Education Series begins.

The annual State Legislative Update, co-hosted by the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Illinois Extension, will begin 11 a.m. Monday, January 24. The webinar will cover recent and potential changes in state legislation and implications for Illinois counties and local governments. Presenters include Kelly Murray, IACBM executive director, and Taylor Anderson, legislative expert and liaison to the Illinois General Assembly. An opportunity for questions follows each presentation. 

About the Presenters

Kelly Murray has served as executive director for the Illinois Association of County Board Members since 1997. She is a registered lobbyist, has served on several state boards, and has over two decades of experience in local government relations. She has also served as executive director for the Illinois Association of Regional Councils, legislative consultant for the Taxpayer's Federation of Illinois, and editor of County to County magazine, working in collaboration with 12 local government state associations.

In 2006, Kelly established the Counties of Illinois Risk Management Agency, a protected self-insurance risk management program that is exclusively owned and managed by Illinois counties. She is also a founder of the Institute for Excellence in County Governance in partnership with University of Illinois and a contributing author of Tomorrow's Leaders civic curriculum aimed at teaching high school students about local government.

Recently, Kelly administered the Illinois Energy Now Public Sector program in partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Ameren Illinois, ComEd, and NICOR, providing incentives and rebates to local governments for completion of energy efficiency projects. She administered the Federal ARRA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program through DCEO, which allocated over $11 million in funding to 273 county projects throughout Illinois. The innovative, state-led approach to grant administration and delivery through local regional councils was viewed as a model for government officials nationwide.

Taylor Anderson, a full time registered contractual lobbyist in the State of Illinois, has spent nearly a decade working with the Illinois General Assembly. He has lobbied on behalf of wide and diverse groups of clients, including various COGs and local governments, as well as numerous business entities and corporations. Taylor began his legislative training by interning at several state agencies including Secretary of State Jesse White’s Office, the Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Revenue Committee, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Legislative Affairs Division, and the Dunn Fellowship serving in the Legislative Office of the Governor, where he helped design and author the bill tracking training website for state agency liaisons.

He also worked closely with top State Agency heads and members of the Illinois Senate. Prior to lobbying, Taylor worked with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Division, where he analyzed voter precincts and researched and authored Chamber Position papers. He also worked with the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners, organizing seminars for county officials and contributed to various media forums and publications. 

If you will need an accommodation in order to participate, please email Nancy Ouedraogo, esarey@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.