The firm’s experience and reputation for integrity enables Cook-Witter, Inc. to accomplish client objectives effectively and efficiently. Health care, banking, manufacturing, real estate, transportation, revenue, local government and agricultural organizations rely on the firm to achieve their legislative and administrative goals. Cook-Witter, Inc. specializes in representing the association community, and many associations utilize the firm’s services to further enhance their governmental relations programs. The Cook-Witter, Inc. staff represents more than 100 years of lobbying experience with contacts established at all levels of government. The firm provides a full range of governmental affairs services individually customized to client needs.
Home of Abraham Lincoln and the Illinois State Capitol.
Located in the heartland of both Illinois and the nation, Sangamon County was established in 1821 and has an estimated population of 200,000 in an area of 877 square miles. Sangamon County is a growing community with one of the nation’s lowest costs of living.
Sangamon County has a strong and thriving local economy that is based upon healthcare, professional services, state government, tourism and agriculture, all of which help provide for one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state. Sangamon County is also home to the Mid-Illinois Regional Medical Center, including the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, as well as several colleges and the University of Illinois at Springfield, a four-year state university that is ranked as one of the best in the Midwest. Sangamon County enjoys a national reputation as a wonderful place to live, do business and raise a family, and is home to several of the nation’s most significant historic sites.
Since its incorporation, IARF has been the voice of human service organizations in government. In addition we have worked to provide agencies with individual consultation on issues that affect them specifically. IARF also commits itself to developing programs that return members’ investment of their dues. Our purpose is clear, “To assist in the development and improvement of services in Illinois.”
The Association represents nearly 80 member agencies providing services and supports in more than 900 locations across the state of Illinois from Galena to Karnak, Chicago to Metro East St. Louis, and Quincy to Danville. Our membership provides services and supports in 111 of 118 legislative districts representing a unique opportunity to shape public policy as our membership is active at the grassroots level.
The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) is a non-partisan organization founded in 1975 and based in Springfield that advances public policies that create healthy environments across Illinois.
IEC installed a major rooftop solar project at their headquarters in downtown Springfield in October 2019. The organization is planning to continue making sustainability renovations to their Springfield headquarters building, including rooftop vegetation and additional energy efficiency upgrades with the goal of becoming LEED Certified in the future.