Legislative Advocacy Committee

About the Committee

Keeping abreast of the ever changing legislative environment and looking for opportunities to influence the law relating to labor issues is one of the pillars of IPELRA. The Legislative Advocacy Committee works to make sure IPELRA has a seat at the table.


The primary focus is to track bills as they move through the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor’s office, as well as federal legislation relevant to our members. The committee updates IPELRA members on important pending legislation, as well as recently passed legislation via this website and the IPELRA Reporter newsletter.


The committee files amicus curiae or "friend of the court" briefs in Illinois state courts in cases of importance to the public sector human resources and labor relations profession. The committee also files briefs in federal courts when cases raise issues that concern the membership. Members interested in having IPELRA file an amicus brief can contact the Committee Chair.

Join the Committee

Interested in serving on the Legislative Advocacy Committee? Please contact the Committee Chair.


  • Jennifer McMahon, City of St. Charles, Chair
  • Kay Argo, Village of Lemont
  • Carlos Arevalo, SmithAmundsen LLC
  • Jackie Garnica, Will County Circuit Clerk
  • Tameika Jones, City of Waukegan
  • Jim Powers, Clark Baird Smith LLP
  • Leslie Rienzie-Barry, Will County Circuit Clerk
  • Emily Taub, City of Highland Park

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