Lobbying in Peoria County, Illinois

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Peoria County has spent at least $622,452.87 on government sector lobbying since 1999 on contracts with two lobbying firms and 23 lobbying associations.

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.


Lobbying in Illinois

Lobbyist Year Amount
Anderson Consulting 2009 $38,000
Anderson Consulting 2008 $17,000
Anderson Consulting 2007 $14,000
Anderson Consulting 2006 $14,000
Anderson Consulting 2005 $25,000
Anderson Consulting 2004 $11,000
Anderson Consulting 1999 $9,000


Peoria County has lobbying representation from Anderson Legislative Consulting.[1] Anderson Consulting represents the county before the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield since at least 1999.[2] The firm:[2]

  • provides communication to the county through legislative reports and alerts
  • coordinates meetings with county officials and legislators and the governor's office
  • drafts legislation on behalf of the county and represents the county's interests before the legislature.

Federal lobbying

Lobbyist Year Amount
Ferguson Group 2010 $42,500
Ferguson Group 2009 $96,068.07

Peoria County has had lobbying representation from the Ferguson Group since 2009. Contracts are for half a year. If the county retains its current contract with the group, it will have spent around $96,000 on a contract with the lobbyist by the end of 2010. The Ferguson Group represents Peoria County before the federal government.[2] The firm collaborates with the county on:[2]

  • devising a legislative plan and strategy
  • reviewing the county's objectives
  • representing the county's objectives before the Congress.

The firm keeps the county updated on legislation relating to it and organizes meetings with federal government officials. This agreement also includes the city of Peoria.

The county did not disclose its membership in government sector lobbying associations to Sunshine Review in a Freedom of Information Act request.

Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

Main article: Illinois government sector lobbying associations

Peoria County belongs to at least 23 government sector lobbying associations.

Association 2009
American Bar Association $419.25
American Correctional Association $70.00
American Payroll Institute $195.00
American Planning Association $1,447.00
American Planning Association – Illinois $100.00
American Public Health Association $195.00
American Public Works Association $1,377.00
Government Finance Officers Association $840.00
Illinois Association of Circuit Court Clerks $505.00
Illinois Association of County Board Members $1,800.00
Illinois Association of County Clerks and Recorders $75.00
Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents $1,287.50
Illinois Association of School Administrators $755.00
Illinois City/County Management Association $6,621.68
Illinois Government Finance Officers Association $805.00
Illinois Probation & Court Services Association $3,090.00
Illinois Public Health Association $4,356.00
Illinois Sheriff's Association $1,475.00
Illinois State Bar Association $1,150.97
International City/County Management Association $148,658.50
National District Attorneys Association $1,015.00
National Tactical Officers Association $150.00
National Association of County & City Health Officials $1,050.00
TOTAL $178,446.90

Issues

The Ferguson Group represented the county before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the following agencies to ask for appropriation funds: [3][4]

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Rural Development
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Departments of Commerce and Justice, and Science
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies
  • Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Appropriations for energy and water development

The county focused specifically on the following legislation:

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization
  • Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
  • The Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2009 and Senate Version


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