2016-17 IJA Committee Co-Chairs and Officer Liaisons

Budget and Finance
Develops annual budget for presentation to the Board at mid-year meeting and maintains a long-term financial plan.
Naomi H. Schuster
Elmer J. Tolmaire
Liaisons: Barbara Crowder, Diane Shelley

Educational Programming & Annual Meeting
Plans and presents educational programs and at the annual meeting in December. Also, oversees annual luncheon.
Michael Chmiel
Al Swanson
Liaison: Izzy Desierto
The Gavel
Publishes The Gavel, the official publication of the Illinois Judges Association.  The Gavel appears on-line quarterly.
Celia Gamrath 
 Elizabeth Rochford
Liaison: Izzy Desierto
Government Affairs
Monitors actions and proposed actions of the legislative and executive branches on matters of import to the judiciary.
Thomas R. Appleton
John Doody    
Liaison: James E. Snyder
In-School Programs
Facilitates getting judges into schools to present 7 Reasons to Leave the Party, our award-winning program on drug and alcohol prevention; Courtroom in the Classroom, a civics presentation on the judicial process; and Page It Forward, which encourages reading.
Domenica Stephenson
Eileen O’Neill Burke
Mary Schostok
Susan Clancy Boles
Liaison: Diane Shelley
Judicial Selection and Retention
Monitors judicial election and retention and investigates and addresses, within ethical limitations, problems.
Richard Goldenhersh
Julie Katz
Liaison: Margaret Mullen
Law and Literature
Sponsors and encourage  reading, writing and sharing of literature helpful to our role as judges, including  curriculum for judicial education programs, formation of writing groups for IJA members, and publication of the creative writing of members.
Thomas Donnelly
Charles Reynard
Liaison: Barbara Crowder
Media Response
Monitors and arranges responses to unjust public criticism of the judiciary.
Barbara Crowder
Al Swanson
Liaison: Margaret Mullen
Maintains and increases membership. 
Lauren Edidin
Kay M. Hanlon
 Anna Demacopoulos
 Tracy W. Resch
 Liaison: Izzy Desierto

Pension and Employment Benefits
Monitors legislative, executive, and judicial branch action involving insurance, pensions, and the like.
Larry G. Axelrood
Daniel Weber
Mark VandeWiele
Liaison: James E. Snyder

Privacy and Court Security 
Analyzes physical and security make up of courthouses and assists members with on-line privacy and personal security. 
Michael Chmiel
E. Kenneth Wright
Liaison: John P. Coady
Public Affairs and Outreach Committee
Works to increase public knowledge of role and functioning of the bench, and educate the public on issues of the rule of law, civics, and the administration of justice.
Martin Moltz
Brad Paisley
Liaison: Diane Shelley
Retired Judges
Monitors governmental actions, assists retirees with retirement benefits, and presents CLE seminars.
Donald Bernardi
Fred Foreman
Liaison: John Coady  
Travel and Member Benefits
Plans trips of interest to members, as well as identify member-benefit programs.
Sheila M. Murphy
Liaison:  Barbara Crowder


To Volunteer for a committee, please contact Kathy Hosty at info@ija.org or 312/431-1283