2018-19 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
Patricia O'Brien Sheahan
Liaison: David Overstreet

Educational Programming & Annual Meeting
Plans and presents educational programs and at the annual meeting in December. Also, oversees annual luncheon.
Allison Conlon
Al Swanson
Liaison: Eileen O'Neill Burke

The Gavel
Publishes The Gavel, the official publication of the Illinois Judges Association. 
Co-Editors:  Celia Gamrath and Elizabeth Rochford
Liaison: Barbara Crowder

Government Affairs
Monitors actions and proposed actions of the legislative and executive branches on matters of import to the judiciary.
Debra Walker
Jeanne Marie Wrenn
Liaison: Margaret Mullen

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; Page It Forward, which encourages reading; and Worries of the World Wide Web, that explores the serious dangers of the Internet, social media, apps and cellphones.
Clare McWilliams, Committee Chair  
Mary Schostok & Elizabeth Rochford, Co-Chairs Page It Forward
Mark Drummond, Chair 7 Reasons to Leave the Party
Clare McWilliams, Chair Courtroom in the Classroom
Susan Clancy Boles, Chair Worries of the World Wide Web
Liaison: Eileen O’Neill Burke

Judicial Selection and Retention
Monitors judicial election and retention and investigates and addresses, within ethical limitations, problems.
Cecilia Horan
Bobbi Petrungaro
Liaison: Diane Shelley

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: David Overstreet

Public Affairs & Media
Monitors and arranges responses to unjust public criticism of the judiciary.
Dan Jasica
Mary Cay Marubio
Liaison: Barbara Crowder
Maintains and increases membership. 
Diann Marsalek, Jessica Colon-Sayre, Michael McCuskey, David Overstreet, Fred Foreman and Don Bernardi
Liaison: Diane Shelley

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

Court & Family Security
Analyzes physical and security make up of courthouses and assists members with on-line privacy and personal security. 
Michael Chmiel
William Raines
Liaison: Diane Shelley
Retired Judges
Monitors governmental actions, assists retirees with retirement benefits, and presents CLE seminars.
Donald Bernardi
Fred Foreman
Liaison: Barbara Crowder
Travel and Member Benefits
Plans trips of interest to members, as well as identify member-benefit programs.
Deborah Gubin
Sheila M. Murphy
Liaison:  Margaret Mullen

Wellness Committee
Supports a Judge’s needs in the areas of physical, emotional, and psychological well being. Our Committee is premised on the idea that judges need to have healthy outlets to relieve the unique stresses they face everyday. The Committee endeavors to be a resource for services and activities designed to address the pressures judges face. To those ends the Committee will look to make available, among other things, access to fitness programs like Yoga, information on self help programs like LAP and team building experiences like entering a team in Race Judicata.
Edward Arce
Mary Colleen Roberts
Liaison: Diane Shelley and Eileen O'Neill Burke


If you would like to join a committee, please contact Kathy Hosty at [email protected] or 312/431-1283.