Illinois Policy Institute

Illinois Policy Institute (IPI)


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that “generates marketable policy solutions” with the aim of “promoting personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois.” [1]

The Illinois Policy Institute is a member of the State Policy Network (SPN), a group that has supported some of the most vocal organizations denying man-made climate change including the Heartland InstituteCato Institute, and Heritage Foundation. According to Huffington Post, in 2011 SPN members’ combined fundraising totaled more than $83 million and included significant contributions from Koch, Donors Trust, and Donors Capital Fund[2], [3]

Stance on Climate Change

Energy Subsidies:

“The market is better able to determine what energy solutions will be economically feasible than the government. Leveling the playing field by removing energy subsidies will allow the true cost of energy to be known, and consumers and investors will be able to more efficiently put their dollars toward the best energy solutions for the future.” [4]


The following funding values are based on data the Conservative Transparency Project collected from publicly-available tax forms. Note that not all individual values have been verified by DeSmogBlog for accuracy.  [5]

View the attached spreadsheet for additional values on the Illinois Policy Institute’s funding by year (.xlsx). 

IPI as Recipient

Donor Total
Ed Uihlein Family Foundation $4,550,000
Donors Capital Fund $2,011,100
Mercer Family Foundation $1,100,000
DonorsTrust $891,706
State Policy Network $644,800
The Rauner Family Foundation $625,000
Jaquelin Hume Foundation $280,000
Dunn’s Foundation for the Advancement of Right Thinking $240,000
The Roe Foundation $220,000
Barney Family Foundation $215,000
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation $170,000
Charles Koch Institute $135,837
JM Foundation $130,000
The McWethy Foundation $93,000
Stuart Family Foundation $85,000
The Randolph Foundation $50,000
Cato Institute $50,000
Walton Family Foundation $50,000
Schwab Charitable Fund $46,300
Adolph Coors Foundation $35,000
Atlas Economic Research Foundation $34,000
Castle Rock Foundation $15,000
Center for Independent Thought $10,000
Logos Charitable Fund $3,500
National Philanthropic Trust $2,000
National Christian Charitable Foundation $1,500
Huizenga Foundation $1,000
Grand Total $11,689,743

IPI as Donor

Recipient Total
Think Freely Media $685,332
Project Six $623,789
Liberty Justice Center $591,000
DonorsTrust $245,293
Grand Total $2,145,414

Koch Funding

According to data collected by Greenpeace USA, the Illinois Institute received $135,837 in donations from the Charles Koch Institute between 2014 and 2016: [14]

Year Charles Koch Institute
2014 $60,516
2015 $52,821
2016 $22,500
Grand Total $135,837

990 Forms

Annual Reports

Key People

Leadership Team [1]

  • Diana Rickert — Vice President Of Communications
  • Emily Rose — Vice President Of External Relations
  • Kristina Rasmussen — Executive Vice President  
  • Matt Paprocki — Senior Vice President

Board of Directors

Name 2011 2012 2013 2014 2016
Art Margulis         Y
Craig S. Mankse         Y
Richard T. (Dick) Weiss Y Y Y Y Y
Ed Bachrach       Y Y
John Tillman Y Y Y Y Y
Mark Miller     Y Y Y
Steve Brown Y Y Y Y Y
Elizabeth Christie Y Y Y Y Y
Terry T. Campo Y Y      
William (Bill) G. Becker, III Y Y      
Andy McKenna Y        

Experts (2016)

  • Jacob Huebert — Senior Attorney
  • Michael Lucci — Vice President Of Policy  
  • Ted Dabrowski — Vice President Of Policy And Spokesman

Senior Fellows

Name 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Description
David Camic       Y Y Senior Fellow
Donna Arduin Y Y     Y Senior Fellow
Erik Randolph       Y Y Senior Fellow
F. Vincent Vernuccio       Y Y Senior Fellow
J. Scott Moody Y Y   Y Y Senior Fellow, Public Policy
Jonathan Ingram   Y Y Y Y Senior Fellow, Health Policy And Pension Reform
Mike “Mish” Shedlock         Y Senior Fellow
Collin Hitt     Y     Senior Fellow, Education
Dan Proft Y Y Y     Senior Fellow, Public Policy
Jerry Agar Y Y Y     Multimedia Fellow
Leonard Gilroy Y Y Y     Senior Fellow, Regulation and Privatization
Andrew Busch Y Y       Senior Fellow, Finance and Markets
Don Soifer Y Y       Senior Fellow, Education
Heather Weiner   Y       Senior Fellow, Communications
Jim Porterfield Y Y       Senior Fellow, Health Care Policy
John Hill Y Y       Senior Fellow, Energy Policy
John Stephen Y Y       Senior Fellow, Health Care Policy
Heather Wilhelm Y         Senior Fellow, Communications
Marc Levine Y         Senior Fellow, Pension and Investment Policy


Name 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Description
Amy Korte         Y Y Editor
Austin Berg         Y Y Writer
Bradley Warren         Y Y External Relations Officer
Brendan Hartsell           Y Outreach Coordinator
Bryant Jackson-Green     Y Y Y Y Criminal Justice Policy Analyst
Caleigh Ripp       Y Y Y Community Manager
Chris Andriesen   Y Y Y Y Y Project Manager
Chris Lentino           Y Manager Of Chicago Outreach
Christina Hibbert         Y Y Executive Assistant
Cinda Pensabene           Y Operations Assistant
Heather Weiner           Y Government Affairs Staff Attorney
Hilary Gowins     Y Y   Y Managing Editor
Jean Hutton Y Y Y Y Y Y Director Of Operations
Jeffrey Schwab         Y Y Staff Attorney
Jim Long     Y Y Y Y Director Of Government Affairs
Joe Kaiser         Y Y News Coordinator
Joe Tabor         Y Y Associate
John Klingner       Y Y Y Policy Analyst
Judi Willard     Y Y Y Y External Relations Coordinator
Mark Adams           Y Director Of Regulatory Reform
Mark Alan Jones         Y Y External Relations Officer
Michelle Mathia     Y Y Y Y Facilities Coordinator
Mindy Ruckman         Y Y Policy Analyst
Natalie Bezek         Y Y Manager Of Donor Communications
Nathaniel Hamilton     Y Y Y Y Manager Of Media Relations
Pat Hughes         Y Y External Relations Officer
Sherry Street         Y Y External Relations Officer
Zach Urevig       Y Y Y External Relations Associate
Darlene Senger         Y   External Relations Officer
Heather Niemetschek         Y   Government Affairs Staff Attorney
Hilary Gowins Yelvington         Y   Managing Editor
Lauren Andriesen     Y Y Y   Executive Assistant
Benjamin Vanmetre   Y Y Y     Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst
Brian Costin Y Y Y Y     Director of Government Reform
Diana Rickert Y Y Y Y     Director of Media Relations
Donovan Griffith       Y     Manager of Government Affairs
Jacob Huebert     Y Y     Senior Attorney
Jacqui Becker       Y     External Relations Coordinator
Jane Mcenaney   Y Y Y     Manager of Government Affairs
John Tillman Y Y Y Y     CEO
Jonathan Greenberg     Y Y     VP of External Relations
Joshua Dwyer     Y Y     Director of Educational Reform
Justin Hegy     Y Y     Policy Analyst
Kristina Rasmussen Y Y Y Y     EVP
Matt Paprocki   Y Y Y     Senior Director Of Government Affairs
Michael Lucci       Y     Director of Jobs and Growth
Naomi Lopez Bauman     Y Y     Director of Health Policy
Paul Kersey   Y Y Y     Director of Labour Policy
Rebecca Kohn   Y Y Y     Senior Manager of External Relations
Ted Dabrowski Y Y Y Y     VP of Policy
Teresa O’Leary     Y Y     Graphic Designer
Daniel Anthony Y Y Y       VP Marketing and Communications
Linda Gruenert     Y       External Relations Coordinator
Jen Dillman   Y         Regional Director of External Relations, Central and Southern Illinois
John Knowles   Y         Vice President of External Relations
Jonathan Ingram   Y         Senior Health Care Policy Analyst
Lawrence J. McQuillan   Y         Chief Economist
MaryAnn McCabe   Y         External Relations Associate
Roxane Tyssen Y Y         External Relations Associate
Scott Reeder   Y         Journalist in Residence
Amanda Griffin-Johnson Y           Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst
Collin Hitt Y           Senior Director Of Government Affairs
Emily Dietrich Y           Entrepreneurship and Commerce Policy Analyst
John M. O’Hara Y           Vice President of External Relations
Katie Truesdell Y           Manager of External Relations
Mark Cavers Y           Government Reform Policy Analyst
Michael Demkovich Y           Manager of Marketing and Communications
Michael Wille Y           Education Policy Analyst


May 8, 2013

The Illinois Policy Institute hosted “The Great Ethanol Debate” featuring Jim Murphy of “Carbon Green BioEnergy,” Jerry Taylor of the Cato Institute, and John Tillman of the Illinois Policy Institute. [7]

Video below:

[The Great Ethanol Debate from Growth Energy on Vimeo.]

May 16 – 18, 2010

The Illinois Policy Institute was an official co-sponsor of the Heartland Institute’s 4th International Conference on Climate Change (ICCC4). [8]

DeSmogBlog researched sponsors behind the event and found that they had collectively received a total of over $40 million from ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, or Scaife Foundations. [9]

January 20, 2010

Prominent climate change denier Christopher Horner spoke at an Illinois Policy Institute event about his book, “’Red Hot Lies: How Global Warming Alarmists Use Threats, Fraud, and Deception to Keep You Misinformed.’”

According to a description at the Illinois Policy Institute, “Horner pointed out some of the glaring errors – perhaps deliberate misrepresentations – in the global warming “’science.’” [10]

Illinois Policy Institute Contact & Location

The Illinois Policy Institute listed the following contact information on its website as of May, 2016: [13]

Illinois Policy
190 South LaSalle Street
Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60603
T: 312.346.5700 
F: 312.346.5755

Illinois Policy
802 South 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62704
T: 217.528.8800
F: 217.528.8808

Related Organizations

ALEC Connection

According to the Center for Media and Democracy’s Sourcewatch, the IPI was a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council as of 2011. Sourcewatch writes: [12]

ALEC‘s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force
Brian Costin (IPI‘s Director of Outreach)  and Ted Dabrowski (IPI‘s Vice President of Policy) represented the Illinois Policy Institute on ALEC‘s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force.

Brian Costin presented the “Local Government Transparency Act” model legislation, and Dabrowski introduced the “Pension Funding and Fairness Act” model legislation for adoption at the ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting. 

Executive Vice President Kristina Rasmussen represented IPI on the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force as of April 2010, when she penned an article entitled “Pension Funding Reform: A Solution for Budget Deficits” for ALEC‘s newsletter, Inside ALEC.

ALEC‘s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force
 Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC‘s 2011 annual meeting.

Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit.


  1. Our Story,” Illinois Policy Institute. Archived February 25, 2016. URL

  2. Directory,” State Policy Network. Archived February 26, 2016. URL

  3. Paul Blumenthal. “Meet The Little-Known Network Pushing Ideas For Kochs,ALEC,” Huffington Post, November 14, 2013. Archived February 25, 2016. URL

  4. Chris Andriesen. “SPOTLIGHT ON SPENDING #4: ILLINOIS STATE ENERGY SUBSIDIES,” Illinois Policy Institute. Archived February 26, 2016. URL

  5. Illinois Policy Institute,” Conservative Transparency transactions search. Data retrieved June 6, 2016. URL:

  6. (GREENPEACE BRIEFING). “Donors Trust: The shadow operation that has laundered $146 million in climate-denial funding” (PDF), Greenpeace. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  7. The Great Ethanol Debate,” Illinois Policy Institute, March 31, 2013. Archived February 26, 2016. URL

  8. 4th International Conference on Climate Change: Sponsored by the Heartland Institute” (Conference Program – PDF), The Heartland Institute, May, 2010. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  9. Brendan DeMelle. “Denial-a-palooza Round 4: ‘International Conference on Climate Change’ Groups Funded by Exxon, Koch Industries,” DeSmogBlog, May 13, 2010.

  10. Jerry Agar. “Red Hot Lies About Climate Change,” Illinois Policy Institute, January 21, 2010. Archived February 26, 2016. URL

  11. Illinois open government,” Illinois Policy Institute, October 27, 2011. Archived May 13, 2013. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.

  12. Illinois Policy Institute,” SourceWatch. Accessed February 25, 2016. URL

  13. Contact Information,” Illinois Policy Institute. Archived May 29, 2016. URL

  14. Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine,” Greenpeace USA. Archived March 13, 2017. URL

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