Big I Illinois Advocacy - Government Relations

Legislative Updates

For the latest legislative updates from Evan Manning, Big I Illinois Director of Government Relations, visit CONNECT.

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Advocacy

Big I Illinois advocacy efforts are effective due to: 

  1. A strong presence in the State Capitol by our lobbyists

  2. Our members developing relationships and making contact with their local legislators.

  3. Effective use of IIAPAC funds to support candidates who support agents’ interests.

Lobbying is a key component to any successful organization, especially in Illinois. Interests opposed to some of our priorities spend millions of dollars each year on lobbying and political campaign contributions in an effort to attack the insurance industry and the small business owners we often sell to. Not only does our team lobby the legislature but we work closely with the Illinois Department of Insurance, constitutional offices and dozens of state agencies.

Much of the off session is used to research regulations and impending legislation as well as refining our goals, work with interested parties on legislative pursuits, and nurturing relationships with the elected body. Furthermore, our government relations team fields questions from membership on an on-going basis and seek resolutions to problems confronted by members.

Big I Illinois actively hosts regional legislative receptions where we invite local legislators and members to engage with one another as well as learn about legislation and regulations affecting our members. This is one of many ways to get involved in our grassroots campaign. No other single influence has as much impact on legislators as informed communications from concerned constituents at a critical point in the legislative process.

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We are appreciative of the focus put forth by Big I Illinois and the resulting changes brought about by SB 1495, Public Adjuster Reforms. There are many factors at play driving insurance costs up, and this is certainly a step in the right direction in keeping insurance products affordable for consumers.

John Schwalen - West Bend Insurance Company
Jim Schwalen
Senior Vice President - Personal Lines and Marketing - West Bend Insurance Company

Federal Government Relations

Federal Issues are handled by Big I/IIABA where their government affairs teams work around the clock in Washington, D.C. and in state houses to protect your clients and your livelihood. Combine their expertise with the voice of independent agents - and a more than 2 million-dollar PAC - and they've got the power to protect your independence year-round. They will fight for you on flood insurance, health care, taxes, insurance regulation and more while you run your agency.

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