Recent changes and potential changes in Illinois state law are impacting county and local governments.

The University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois County Board Members Association will host a free informational webinar at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 24.

Presenters include Kelly Murray, executive director of the Illinois Association of County Board Members, and Taylor Anderson, legislative expert and Illinois General Assembly liaison.

A question period follows each presentation.

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If you require accommodation to participate, please email Nancy Ouedraogo, [email protected] Advance requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.

Murray has been the executive director of the Illinois Association of County Board Members since 1997. She is a registered lobbyist, has served on several state boards, and has more than two decades of experience dealing with local governments. She has also served as executive director of the Illinois Association of County Councils, legislative consultant for the Illinois Taxpayers Federation, and editor of County to County magazine, working with 12 local state associations.

In 2006, Murray established the Illinois Counties Risk Management Agency, a protected self-insurance risk management program owned and operated exclusively by Illinois counties.

She is also the founder of the Institute for Excellence in County Governance in partnership with the University of Illinois and a contributing author of the Tomorrow’s Leaders civic studies program aimed at teaching high school students about local government.

Recently, Murray 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 completing projects of energy efficiency. She administered the federal ARRA Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, which awarded more than $11 million in funding to 273 county projects. throughout Illinois.

The innovative, state-led approach to grant administration and distribution through local regional councils has been seen as a model for government officials nationwide.

Taylor Anderson, a full-time registered contract 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 client groups, including various government councils and local governments, as well as numerous business entities and corporations. Taylor began his legislative training by interning at several state agencies, including the office of Secretary of State Jesse White, Illinois Senate Chairman Emil Jones Revenue Committee, the Agency’s Legislative Affairs Division Illinois Environmental Protection and Dunn Fellowship in the Governor’s Legislative Office. helped design and build the Invoice Tracking Training website for state agency liaisons.

He also worked closely with key heads of state agencies and members of the Illinois Senate. Prior to lobbying, Taylor worked with the Government Affairs Division of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, where he analyzed electoral districts and researched and wrote articles on the Chamber’s position. He has also worked with the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners, conducting seminars for county officials and contributing to various media forums and publications.

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