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Upcoming Events

Illinois State Legislative Update

January 17, 2019 (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM )

Illinois State Legislative Update

Presented by: Kelly Murray, Taylor Anderson, and Mark D. Armstrong; Illinois Association of County Board Members

Noon-1PM, Thursday, January 17, 2019 

Following the State’s Veto Session, Illinois Association of County Board Members’ local government legislative experts, Kelly Murray and Taylor Anderson, will discuss recent and potential future changes in legislation at the state levels that will have a direct impact on Illinois local governments.  With a Q&A session following the presentation, participating officials will have opportunities to discuss impact and intent to develop a better understanding of mandated expectations.

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 having 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 (CIRMA), 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 the 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 (DCEO), Ameren Illinois, ComEd, and NICOR providing incentives and rebates to local governments for completion of energy efficiency projects. In relation, 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 COG’s 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. Since 2008, Taylor has traveled across the State speaking on the impact of various legislation and legislative issues, specifically legislation affecting Illinois counties.

Mark D. Armstrong, Certified Illinois Assessing Officer (CIAO), has been Kane County Supervisor of Assessments since 2006; prior to taking office, he spent 21 years in the private sector as a real estate appraiser.  Mark has valued all types of real estate in multiple states; the principal focus of his practice was litigation support, where he has provided expert testimony in local, state, and federal proceedings.  He is both a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer and an Illinois Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.  In 2018, Mark was presented with the Marshall Theroux Memorial Award, named for the late Wheeling Township Assessor, in recognition of high ethical standards, professional achievement, and dedication to the service of others. Mark has served as the legislative chairman for the County Assessment Officers Association of Illinois since 2011, and legislative chairman for the Illinois Association of County Officials since 2017.  In that role, he has testified before both chambers of the Illinois legislature and authored several bills that have become law. Mark is an instructor and course developer for the Illinois Property Assessment Institute, the state’s largest assessment-education provider.  He has also led continuing-education seminars for the Illinois Municipal League, the Illinois Farm Bureau, the Illinois Department of Revenue, the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association, and various bar associations. 

There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, REGISTRATION is required. Register online or contact Nancy Ouedraogo at for more information.

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