The Daily Herald reports the following:
DuPage Keeping Lobbyists for Another Year
August 25, 2105
DuPage County officials defended the county's use of lobbyists before awarding nearly $300,000 in contracts to several firms.
"As the second-largest county in Illinois with nearly 1 million residents, it is critically important that the county maintain an effective presence in both Washington, D.C. and Springfield," county board Chairman Dan Cronin said.
On Tuesday, county board members voted 15-1 to spend $260,000 to keep three lobbying firms for another year.
Two of the firms -- All-Circo Inc. and V.A. Persico Consulting Inc. -- are pushing the county's legislative agenda in Springfield. The third firm, BGR Government Affairs LLC, lobbies on the federal level.
DuPage also will contribute $24,000 to help pay McGuire Woods Consulting, which represents the county board and the DuPage County Health Department at the state level.
Board member Elizabeth Chaplin cast the only vote against the contracts for the lobbying firms.
"I don't see the value," she said. "I think as county board members we can take a more active working with our own representatives and save the taxpayers money."
DuPage County has a presence in Springfield and Washington, they are called elected officials. It is the job of the elected officials to represent the needs of the people in their district. It is the job the of elected officials to advocate on behalf of the residents and ensure they deliver state and federal funding for capital projects, social services, the health department, public safety, ect.
In Kane County the Legislative Committee acts as their own lobbyists. Kane County is spending zero dollars on lobbyists. Will County spends $40,000 on their lobbyists.
Lobbyists by the numbers:
V.A. Persico $60,000
McGuire Woods $24,000
BGR Government Affairs $80,000
DuPage County Representatives by the numbers:
13 Illinois House Members
9 Illinois Senate Members
8 Federal Representatives
18 County Board Members
1 County Chairman
Total : 49
You can learn more about Kane County Lobbying efforts here.
You can learn more about Will County Lobbyists here.