Lobbying in Kane County, Illinois

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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 has a specific part of the budget set aside for lobbyists, under "Contract and Consulting."

Lobbying in Illinois

Raucci & Sullivan Strategies are lobbyists that represent Kane county before the Illinois state government. This includes helping the county come up with a strategic legislative plan. The firm also helps in analyzing and tracking legislation relevant to the county.[1]

Illinois Government Consulting Group represents the interests of Kane County before local and state government. Illinois Government Consulting is a lobbyist hired to coordinate the county's efforts with:

  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources,
  • Illinois Department of Transportation,
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency,
  • railroads,
  • other state and federal agencies.

The agency drafts legislation for the county. It advises the county on how to follow regulations. It also helps in procurement of funds.

Lobbyist Year Amount
Raucci & Sullivan Strategies 2006 $33,333.24
Raucci & Sullivan Strategies 2010 $26,000.00
Raucci & Sullivan Strategies 2008 $41,666.66
Raucci & Sullivan Strategies 2007 $41,666.66
Illinois Government Consulting Group 2007 $33,000.00
Illinois Government Consulting Group 2008 $36,000.00
Illinois Government Consulting Group 2009 $27,000.00
Illinois Government Consulting Group 2006 $33,000.00

Federal lobbying

In 2006, Kane County reported $120,000 spent on federal lobbying.[2]

The Capitol Hill Consulting Group provides lobbying assistance for the county in Washington, D.C..[1]

Lobbyist Year Amount
Capitol Hill Consulting Group 2005 $138,000.00
Capitol Hill Consulting Group 2006 $138,000.00
Capitol Hill Consulting Group 2007 $24,725.00


Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

Main article: Taxpayer-funded lobbying association

Kane Count belongs to the following government sector lobbying associations:[1]

Association Year Dues
Metro Counties of Illinois 2010 $12,686
Metro Counties of Illinois 2009 $12,686
Metro Counties of Illinois 2008 $12,686
Metro Counties of Illinois 2007 $12,686
Metro Counties of Illinois 2006 $12,686
Metro Counties of Illinois 2005 $12,686
National Association of Counties 2004 $6,786
National Association of Counties 2005 $119
National Association of Counties 2006 $6,601
Illinois Association of County Officials 2007 $540
Illinois Association of County Officials 2006 $775
Illinois Association of County Officials 2005 $845
Illinois Association of County Officials 2004 $115
United Counties Council 2006 $75
Illinois Association of County Board Members 2010 $2,400
Illinois Association of County Board Members 2008 $2,425
Illinois Association of County Board Members 2007 $2,400
Illinois Association of County Board Members 2006 $2,375
Illinois Association of County Board Members 2005 $110
Illinois Association of County Board Members 2004 $2,365
Illinois City/County Management Association 2007 $100
Illinois City/County Management Association 2006 $136

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