Advocacy Committee

The advocacy committee focuses on implementation of the legislative agenda as recommended by the Public Policy Committee (PPC) and approved by the ILA Executive Board; develops an annual advocacy plan in conjunction with PPC and the Executive Board; identifies advocacy best practices and implements them as appropriate; builds partnerships with organizations that have similar views; is responsible for advocacy education of ILA members; develops educational materials and programs to improve ILA members’ advocacy skills. Committee consists of twelve voting members, representing all types of libraries and public library trustees, serving three-year, staggered terms. Each incoming ILA president shall appoint four members, including his/her designated Advocacy Committee chair. Nonvoting ex officio members are the ILA executive director, the director of the Illinois State Library, ILA president, ILA vice president/president-elect, and the chair of PPC.

Click here to download the ILA Advocacy Took Kit in PDF format.

2014-2015 Co-Chairs
Lynn Elam (term on committee 2013-2016)
Algonquin Area Public Library District
2600 Harnish Dr.
Algonquin, IL  60102
phone:  847-458-6060
fax:  847-458-9370
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Amy Falasz-Peterson (term on committee 2014-2017)
Fondulac District Library
400 E. Richland St.
East Peoria, IL  61611-2526
phone:  309-699-3917 x 1121
fax:  309-699-7851
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Marian V. Albers 2012-2015
Richard Corbett  2013-2016
Margaret J. Danhof  2013-2016
Dennis Danowski  2012-2015
Jim Deiters  2013-2015
Susan Franzen  2013-2016
Maria Otero-Boisvert  2012-2015
Denise Raleigh  2012-2015
Lisa Marie Smith  2012-2015
Sally Decker Smith  2013-2016

Ex Officio

Betsy Adamowski, ILA Vice President/ President-Elect
Anne Craig, Illinois State Library
Jeannie Dilger, ILA President
Robert P. Doyle, ILA Executive Director
Timothy P. Jarzemsky, ILA Public Policy Committee
Lawren Tucker, Illinois State Library

Board Liaison

Denise Zielinski