Federal Relations

About Us

As part of the Office of Governmental Relations, federal relations staff work closely with the United States Congress, the Administration, and federal agencies to promote the education, research, health, and economic development missions of the University of Illinois System. 

The U of I System's federal relations team has professional staff members who work to advance U of I System's interests in the nation's capital. Federal Relations staff have a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including:

  • Supporting the federal priorities of our three distinct universities;
  • Working with our Illinois Congressional delegation and higher education and research associations to promote U of I System priorities;
  • Arranging and preparing U of I System staff and faculty for Congressional meetings;
  • Coordinating profile-raising activities with Congress and the Administration, including Congressional briefings and testimony opportunities; and
  • Providing regular updates on federal issues that affect the U of I System

Lewis-Burke Associates, LLC

The federal relations team works with Lewis-Burke Associates, a government relations firm that advocates for the public policy interests of higher education and scientific research institutions.

University of Illinois faculty or staff who would benefit from working with the Lewis-Burke firm should contact Director of Federal Relations Paul Weinberger at paulw3@uillinois.edu to discuss possible collaborations.

Lobbying Disclosure

The second quarter Lobbying Disclosure Report covers April 1, 2021, through June 30, 2020, and should be submitted to the Office of Governmental Relations by Monday, July 5, 2021.

If you have participated in a lobbying contact with a covered executive branch official or covered executive branch official during that time frame, please complete this form. If you have any questions about the form, please direct them to Grace Hart.

FAQs about federal quarterly lobbying reports can be found here.