Lobbying in DuPage County, Illinois

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The county has spent at least $1,819,999.96 on lobbying since 2005.

Taxpayer-funded lobbying is the use of public funds by governments to influence other levels of government. Counties, for example, will pay lobbyists to influence the state or the federal government. This type of lobbying is often not disclosed to constituents. Counties hire lobbyists on a contractual basis, have lobbyists on staff, or join groups which promote or oppose legislation on their behalf. Lobbyists also help counties seeking specific projects or appropriations.


The county and its various departments employ at least nine lobbyists.

On Aug. 28, 2012 the county board voted 15-1 to spend $300,000 to keep three lobbying firms at the state and federal levels. Two of the firms — All-Circo, Inc. and V.A. Persico Consulting — will work with state lawmakers on the county’s behalf. The third firm, BGR Government Affairs LLC in Washington, D.C., will focus on federal initiatives.Board members who supported hiring the firms said DuPage’s team of lobbyists helped secure millions of dollars in state and federal funding for the county over the past year.[1]

Lobbying in Illinois

Lobbying in Illinois
Firm Year Amount
McGuire Woods Consulting 2009 $96,000
McGuire Woods Consulting 2008 $35,000
McGuire Woods Consulting 2009 $40,000
Hadfield Consulting 2008 $107,500
Hadfield Consulting 2007 $100,000
Hadfield Consulting 2005 $70,000
Greenberg Traurig 2005 $35,000
V.A. Persico Consulting 2010 $37,500
V.A. Persico Consulting 2009 $50,000
V.A. Persico Consulting 2007 $45,000
Fletcher, Topol, Obrien and Kasper 2009 $99,999.96

McGuire Woods Consulting represents the DuPage County Health Department before the executive branch of Illinois.[2] The lobbyists represent the Health Department before the Illinois Executive Branch, which includes the governor.

Hadfield Consulting represents the whole of DuPage County before the state of Illinois. It is unclear what the county's justifications are for this relationship, as its contract does not lay out the goals of a consultant and why the county needs them.[3] Greenberg Traurig is an employee of Hadfield Consulting.[4]

V. A. Persico Consulting also represents the county of DuPage.[5] It represents the county before state offices and agencies.[6]

Fletcher, Topol, Obrien and Kasper also represents the county before state agencies.[7]

According to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, the DuPage County Election Commission had a contract with Sorling, Northrup, Hanna, Cullen & Cochran for $36,000 in 2009. That same year, the DuPage County State’s Attorney had a contract with Marquardt, Roger C. & Company for $36,000.[8]

Federal lobbying

Federal Lobbying
Firm Year Amount
BGR Government Affairs 2010 $96,000
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz 2009 $180,000
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz 2008 $180,000
Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz 2007 $180,000
John Wyma & Associates 2006 $80,000
John Wyma & Associates 2007 $80,000
John Wyma & Associates 2007 $48,000
John Wyma & Associates 2008 $80,000
Barnes & Thornburg 2007 $90,000
Barnes & Thornburg 2008 $90,000

John Wyma & Associates represents the county both in state and before the federal government. It provides advice to the county on its operations. It also give guidance to assist the county in its efforts in Illinois government, including the executive branch, the legislature, and state agencies.[9]

The contract for lobbying firm Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz is paid for by the county Division of Transportation, Stormwater department, and Economic development.[10][11] The firm represent DuPage County as a whole, though the specific client is the DuPage County Board of Supervisors. The firm represents the county before the federal government.

Barnes & Thornburg represents the county before the federal government.[12][13]

In 2008, DuPage County reported $80,000 spent on federal lobbying.[14]

BGR Government Affairs represents the county for 2010 at a yearly fee of $96,000.[15] The lobbyist represents the county in Washington, D.C.


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