Member Groups

Illinois Lawyers' Political Action Committee

Purposes of LAWPAC

To promote and strive for the improvement of government by encouraging and stimulating lawyers and others to take a more active and effective part in governmental affairs.

To encourage lawyers and others to understand the nature and actions of their government, as to important political and legal issues, and as to the records of office holders and candidates for elective office.

To assist lawyers and others in organizing themselves for more effective political action and in carrying out their civic responsibilities.

To support by appropriate political, educational and legislative activities the officially adopted policies of the Illinois State Bar Association.

To provide financial support for candidates for nomination or election to legislative offices of the State of Illinois.

To achieve the purposes stated above through all necessary and desirable means, except that no individual endorsement of candidates shall be made, and only activities that are designed to promote the profession or are bar-oriented shall be undertaken.

Answers to common questions

What is LAWPAC?
The Illinois Lawyers’ Political Action Committee was created by action of the Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association as a means of supporting the legislative goals of the ISBA and the legal profession of Illinois.  It is administered by an independent, bi-partisan Board of Trustees whose appointments are subject to the approval of the ISBA Assembly.  LAWPAC makes contributions to candidates for nomination or election to the Illinois General Assembly.

How are LAWPAC contributions determined?
The determination of the political contributions to be made in furtherance of the purposes of Illinois LAWPAC are made at the discretion of the Board of Trustees in consultation with the legislative representatives of the ISBA.

How is LAWPAC funded?
LAWPAC relies solely on contributions by lawyers and others interested in the legislative program of the Bar.  It does not use ISBA membership dues. Contributions may be made online or by  downloading and mailing in this form. Contributions or gifts to LAWPAC are not tax deductible. A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.

Why is LAWPAC necessary for lawyers?
The legislative positions of the legal profession often are opposed by highly organized and well-funded special interest groups and other professions. It is unrealistic for the legal profession to expect to be truly effective with its legislative program unless it is willing to be a full participant in the legislative process.

You need LAWPAC…
  and LAWPAC needs you!!

A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.

Committee Roster

  • John J. Rekowski, Madison County Public Defender, Edwardsville, Chair
  • Mr. Gary R. Gehlbach, Ehrmann Gehlbach Badger Lee & Considine LLC, Dixon, Vice-Chair
  • Mr. Keith E. Emmons, Meyer Capel PC, Champaign, Secretary
  • Timothy E. Moran, Schmidt, Salzman & Moran, Ltd, Chicago, Treasurer
  • Mr. Anthony A. Bruno, Bruno Law Offices LLC, Urbana, Member
  • Ms. Mary Ann Connelly, Law Offices of Terrence Kennedy, Jr., Chicago, Member
  • Mr. Robert T. Park, Califf & Harper PC, Moline, Member
  • Ms. Sarah E. Toney, The Toney Law Firm LLC, Chicago, Member
  • Mr. James R. Covington, Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield, Staff Liaison
  • Lynne Davis, Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield, Staff Liaison