The Awards Committee coordinates the distribution of information regarding awards, solicitation of nominations, selection of recipients, and the awards presentations of all IPELRA awards. This Committee also handles certification and granting of credits for continuing education through MCLE (for attorneys), SHRM and HRCI.

Committee Members

  • Tameika Jones, City of Waukegan, Chairperson
  • Lisa Scheiner, Village of Streamwood, Vice Chairperson


If you would like to nominate your organization or another organization for any of the awards listed below, please follow on the links for each award or contact Chairperson Tameika Jones.

IPELRA James Baird Leadership Awards

IPERLA strives to recognize its member organizations for their efforts in championing management rights, innovation, and effective labor relations. The IPELRA James Baird Leadership Award is given to those Illinois public employers who have accomplished one or more significant achievements in this regard, looking back over two years.

Nominations may be made to the Awards Committee by any Illinois educational or government representative, and the recipient of the award is selected and presented by the IPELRA Board of Directors at the Annual Conference. 

NPELRA Pacesetter & Award of Excellence Awards

The Awards Committee Also nominates deserving Illinois agencies for NPELRA's Pacesetter and Award of Excellence awards.


IPELRA works hard to attract sponsors, and the agency is proud to have been successful in that regard. Please be welcoming to our sponsors, as they do and can provide valuable services to our individual agencies, and help defray the costs of IPELRA services to its members.

IPELRA Sponsorship Form Opens in new window  View our Sponsorship Program (PDF) to learn how your company can engage with state and local government representatives while showing your support for public sector management.

Bronze Sponsorship Form

Silver Sponsorship Form

Gold Sponsorship Form

Join a Committee

No matter where your interests lie, we can always use help and fresh minds. If you're interested in serving on a committee or volunteering at IPELRA events, please complete our online Committee Volunteer Form or contact Secretariat Debi Stensland. If you have an interest in serving on a specific committee, please reach out to the Chairperson.