Thursday, December 14, 2017

Board of Directors

The Illinois Channel is governed by a Board of Directors, whose members come from many backgrounds, including business, law, medicine, journalism, and politics.  Our Board members also reflect the rich diversity of the state, with members coming from across Illinois.  As such, they bring an awareness of life in rural communities, as well as life in our developed urban areas.

Ken Alderson

Ken Alderson

Ken Alderson
Executive Director (Retired), Illinois Municipal League 

Ken Alderson is the Executive Director Emeritous at Illinois Municipal League.

For nearly 35 years, he worked with the Municipal League, rising to serve as the Executive Director.   During his tenure, he worked with five different administrations, in representing the legislative interests of Illinois municipal government.  As a leader of one of the most influential organizations in Illinois for many years, Mr Alderson knew and worked with virtually every leading political figure since the Ogilvie Administration.

Mr Alderson served on the Illinois Channel Planning Study Board, and later served as the first Chairman of the Illinois Channel Board of Directors.  He now continues his service as a Director Emeritus.

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Linda Brookhart

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Linda Brookhart
Executive Director, State Universities Annuitants Association

Linda Brookhart has served as Executive Director of the State Universities Annuitants Association (SUAA) since March of 2007.

SUAA advocates on behalfof all faculty and staff of public universities and community colleges – both retired and current employees – their spouses and survivors, those who are participants and beneficiaries of the State Universities Retirement System

During her tenure as Executive Director, SUAA was a leader in defending their members pension benefits when lawmakers passed a bill that would have lowered benefits. In part, as a result of SUAA’s challenge to the Pension Reform Bill, SB-1, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled the changes the law would have made, to be unconstitutional.

Linda Brookhart joined the Board of the Illinois Channel in 2015, following her tenure on the Illinois Channel Advisory Council on Higher Education.

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Roger Eddy

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Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Boards

Roger Eddy was selected to head the IASB in 2012. Prior to joining the IASB, he spent 15 years as Superintendent of Hutsonville CUSD 1. His career includes 31 years in education, as a superintendent, principal and teacher.

Beginning in January, 2003 Mr Eddy also served five terms as a State Representative in the Illinois General Assembly, where he worked as one of the “Budgeteers” for the House Republicans.

Mr Eddy was elected to the Illinois Board of Directors in 2015. He serves on the Programming Committee.

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Susan Garrett

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Fmr State Legislator

Susan Garrett has worked as a business and marketing professional, who served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1997-2001, and then joined the Illinois Senate, where she served from 2002-2013.

Susan Garrett also serves as the Chair of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform’s Board of Trustees.

Susan Garret lives in Lake Forest with her husband, Scott. They have two adult children, Brett and Elizabeth


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Keith Hebeisen

Keith Hebeisen

Keith Hebeisen
Partner, Clifford Law Offices

Mr. Hebeisen, a Partner in the Clifford Law Offices, is experienced in many practice areas, including complex areas of medical negligence, medical liability and transportation liability.

In 2010, he was recognized by U.S. News-Best Lawyers as a top tier attorney in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury law. He is recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer and an Illinois Leading Lawyer. Mr. Hebeisen was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2010 and the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2011.

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Allison Jones, MD

Dr Allison L. Jones
Occupational Medicine, Champaign, Illinois

Dr. Jones graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1992 and has been in practice for 24 years.

She completed a residency at University of Illinois College of Medicine. She has served on the Illinois Board of Directors since 2011.

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Brian Kasal, Board Chair

Brian Kasal
CEO, FourStar Wealth Advisors

A resident of the Chicago area, Mr Kasal is the CEO of FourStar Wealth Advisors, where he uses his knowledge gleamed from 35 years in the investing arena, to protect and grow his clients’ financial foundations.  Brian Kasal is happy to serve on the Illinois Channel, where he combines that astute knowledge of finance and the markets, with his commitment to improving the political environment in Illinois.

An Eagle Scout himself, Mr Kasal has also worked for years to raise money and help build up the Boy Scouts of America.

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Dave Lundy, Programming Committee Chair

Dave Lundy

Dave Lundy 
President, Aileron Communications
Programming Committee Chair

Dave Lundy has more than 20 years of strategic consulting experience with a special expertise in public affairs communications. Working at the intersection of business and politics, Dave provides effective communication strategies to support development groups, public-policy initiatives and environmental organizations.

Dave honed his strategic edge through several years in politics and government where he launched and managed gubernatorial, senatorial and local campaigns. He continues to advise candidates and elected officials on political and communications strategies. Dave’s political work also includes service as president of a political organization, executive producer and host of a Chicago-based talk-radio program and development of Chicago’s hottest monthly political and media insider luncheon.

For four years, Dave served as a weekly Chicago Sun-Times business technology columnist. He is a frequent commentator on politics and government in national and local venues including NPR, NBC, WGN-AM, WBEZ-FM, PBS and local television newscasts. This political and media savvy has translated into strong relationships and a strong track record of favorable reputation management assignments for individuals, corporations and non-profits in critical situations.

An attorney by training, Dave began his career guiding law firms and corporations in the use of computer-generated animation to communicate complex information to judges, juries and arbitrators. He was also publisher of Illinois Legal Times, a statewide magazine on the business of law, and founding associate publisher of Corporate Legal Times, a national magazine for in-house counsel.

Dave earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a J.D. from DePaul University School of Law and completed graduate work in communications at Northwestern University.

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Terry Martin, illinois Channel Executive Director

Terry Martin Executive Director

Terry Martin 
Executive Director, Illinois Channel

Originally a native of St. Louis, where he owned and operated a printing business for 11 years, Mr. Martin has lived in Illinois for 19 years.

Prior to his move to Springfield, Mr Martin worked at C-SPAN, where he served on the Congressional Coverage unit.  He also was assigned to the team that produced coverage of the 1996 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

After coming to Illinois, Mr Martin covered the Illinois Legislature as the Capitol Bureau Chief for WAND-TV, in Central Illinois, where he was the recipient of an AP award for feature reporting.

Given his background at both C-SPAN and in covering the legislature on local news, Mr Martin was selected to run the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Planning Study into establishing a C-SPAN type network in Illinois.  The Illinois Channel is the result of that study.

Mr Martin is the father of three grown boys, Thomas, Andrew and John.

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Ryan McLaughlin

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CEO, Mac Strategies Group

Ryan McLaughlin is president and CEO of Mac Strategies Group. Since launching in 2008, McLaughlin has directed the firm’s success into becoming one of the most sought after teams for executing savvy communications and issue advocacy campaigns throughout Illinois.

McLaughlin brings over twenty years of political, media, government and public affairs expertise to clients who require effective public policy campaigns. A veteran of several state and federal campaigns, along with governmental roles in the Illinois state legislature and on Capitol Hill, his vast experience translates into a wealth of strategic expertise relied upon to counsel clients no matter what challenge they are facing. His strong network of contacts in local, state and federal government, combined with extensive media contacts across the state, makes him one of the most successful political and media operatives in Illinois. Campaigns and Elections magazine has named him one of the “Top Influencers” in Illinois politics and his firm has won nearly two dozen awards for waging successful communications and issue advocacy campaigns.

Ryan McLaughlin joined the Illinois Channel Board in July, 2016

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Adlai Stevenson

Adlai Stevenson III

Adlai Stevenson III
Former US Senator

Adlai Stevenson served Illinois in many capacities in his career. He was a member of the House of Representatives 1965-1967; and Illinois Treasurer, 1967-1970.

In a special election on November 3, 1970, he was elected to the United States Senate to fill the unexpired term caused by the death of United States Senator Everett M. Dirksen. Sen Stevenson was reelected in 1974, and served from November 17, 1970, to January 3, 1981.  He was not a candidate for reelection in 1980.  Upon returning to Illinois, Sen Stevenson resumed the practice of law and twice was the Democratic candidate for governor of Illinois in 1982 and 1986.

Sen Stevenson has served on the Board of the Illinois Channel since 2003.   He now is an Emeritus member.

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Dalitso Sulamoyo

Dalitso Sulamoyo

Dalitso Sulamoyo
CEO, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission,

Dalitso Sulamoyo is the CEO of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, having joined the Commission in June, 2017.

He formerly served as President/CEO of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies, a membership organization of 40 not for profits and public entities that serve communities and the economically challenged citizens of Illinois.

The Association’s members provide an array of services to children, families and senior citizens. Dalitso has been highly successful in generating several funding sources for the association and building a strong association that is responsive to the needs of the Community Action network and families with low income in Illinois.

Dalitso is also the President & CEO of the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation, a statewide affordable housing development corporation and the Illinois Community Action Fund, the advocacy arm for Community Action in Illinois. As the President & CEO of the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation, Dalitso has overseen the development of two affordable housing complexes worth over $15 million combined in West Frankfort, Beardstown and Hoopeston, Illinois. Currently, Dalitso is providing leadership for the Development Corporation to develop affordable housing throughout the state of Illinois.

Mr Sulamoyo holds two Masters degrees, and a PhD in Organizational Development. He joined the Illinois Channel Board of Directors in 2015.

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Dave Sullivan

Dave Sullivan

Dave Sullivan
President, Raucci & Sullivan Strategies
Former Illinois State Senator

Dave Sullivan is a former Republican state senator, who now serves as President of Raucci & Sullivan Strategies LLC.

He was first appointed to a senate position in 1998 to fill a vacancy following the death of former State Senator Marty Butler. He was subsequently re-elected in 2000 and 2002.  As a State Senator, Dave Sullivan became one of the founding members of the “Sullivan Caucus” made up of Republican and Democratic members that host an annual St Patrick’s Day party.

Mr Sullivan holds a BA degree in Political Science from Marquette University.  Mr Sullivan is married and the father of four children. He joined the Board of the Illinois Channel in July, 2015.

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Neil Winston, MD

Neil Winston, MD

Neil Winston, MD
Emergency Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Dr Neil Winston specializes in Emergency Medicine, and served as the President of the Chicago Medical Society from 2003 – 2004.

During his tenure as President of the CMS, Dr. Winston worked closely with then State Senator Barack Obama on a number of medical initiatives.   Dr Winston was also a leader in getting the legislature to pass a Medical Malpractice Reform bill, designed to increase protections of medical professionals.

Dr. Winston has a deep involvement in organized medicine, having served as a Trustee for the American Association of Public Health Physicians since 2006. He has also been a Trustee of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) since 2002, a member of the ISMS House of Delegates since 1994, and a member of the Illinois Medical Political Action Committee (IMPAC) Board of Directors since 2002. He has been active with the AMA as a member of the Illinois delegation to the AMA House since 1996. Dr. Winston has also served on the Commission to End Health Care Disparities since 2005.

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