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Over 30 years' policy experience, including the public and nonprofit sectors. Jeff took a law school course load with public service in mind, and served as an attorney with the City of Chicago under Mayor Harold Washington after assisting seniors and low-income clients as a faculty member at Loyola's Community Law Center. Since 1991, Jeff has been in general civil practice in the Evanston area, biking to work, hearing the experiences of countless area residents, and seeing first-hand how government impacts citizens and businesses. In hundreds of situations, Jeff has helped folks with differing points of view reach agreement -- a skill sorely needed in today's political climate.

In 2013-15, Jeff took time off from his practice, answering a call to public service as general counsel for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. On the executive team of an agency with a $250 million budget and 1,400 employees, overseeing nearly a half0million acres of public lands, Jeff helped safeguard our state parks, public waters, and wildlife, and assist towns like Evanston with everything from safeguarding of shorelines to developing recreational facilities and youth jobs opportunities. After leaving state service, Jeff resumed a selective practice while returning to education, teaching Environmental Law at Loyola's Institute of Environmental Sustainability

In addition to paid work, Jeff has gained considerable experience through years of volunteer service on issue-oriented organizations, and through researching, writing about, and presenting on diverse aspects of public policy.

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