About Us

As part of the Office of Governmental Relations, state relations staff work closely with the Illinois General Assembly and local officials to promote the education, research, health, and economic development missions of the University of Illinois.

Services and Functions

State Relations is part of the Office of Governmental Relations (OGR), a University of Illinois administrative unit that serves the faculty, staff, and students of the three campuses of the U of I.

State Relations:

  • monitors bills and initiatives in the General Assembly in Springfield
  • disseminates information to the U of I
  • assists University units in researching issues and connecting them with appropriate state government offices and staff
  • works with OGR's Federal Relations staff in Washington, DC, to advance the U of I
  • collaborates with Illinois Connection, the U of I's grassroot's advocacy network that is part of the U of I Alumni Association

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State Relations staff

Jennifer Creasey joined the University of Illinois in 2014 as the assistant director in the Office for Governmental Relations.

She was previously with AARP Illinois and served as Deputy Director of Boards & Commissions/Agricultural & Environmental Affairs in the Office of Governor.

Jennifer has a BA in political science and speech communications from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s from the University of Illinois at Springfield in political science.

Based in Urbana-Champaign, Jennifer represents the University in both the Capitol and the community to advance its priorities. She is also responsible for outreach, state/federal legislative advocacy efforts, strategic partnerships, and management or relationships around the state.

Contact Jennifer

506 S Wright Street
441 Henry Administration Building
M/C 358
Urbana, IL  61801