The mission of LEND is to identify, inform, and influence legislation and regulations that impact students and school communities of DuPage County.
Peg Agnos, Executive Director, works with the General Assembly, Illinois State Board of Education and the Federal Department of Education on issues impacting public schools in DuPage, Kane, Will and south suburban Cook County. She provides grassroots training to school board members, administrators and parent volunteers to enhance their involvement in the legislative process.
In her role she has led the effort to develop several studies including: Consideration of Vouchers and Tax Credits and The Property Tax Cap Study - Impact on the Schools in DuPage County. Peg was a member of the work group that negotiated and passed Senate Bill 7, major school reform legislation that has become a national model for change. Peg is a member of the collaborative work group that has been working to develop a school funding reform formula.
Peg’s involvement on various boards and committees include(d):
Task Force on Special Education Funding
Chicago Women in Government Relations, board member
Illinois Education Roundtable, founding member
Leadership Illinois, Past President and member of the inaugural class
Governor’s Task Force on Tax Increment Financing
Governor’s Teacher Retirement Insurance Plan (TRIP) Committee
Skokie School District 69, Past President and member Board of Education
Niles Township Legislative Coalition, founding member
Village of Morton Grove, Community Relations Committee
Monitor all legislative activities related to matters of education and particularly those that affect member districts.
Communicate to all organization members, information about legislative activities and organization issue and actions.
Provide members of the legislature and the Governor's office with organization oriented information, opinions, and position on legislative proposals.
Study, develop and seek to implement legislation beneficial to member districts or to modify legislation already drafted.
Develop an effective working relationship with the State Board of Education and other organizations with which the group can work to accomplish mutual objectives.
Involve member districts and members of the local community in the legislative process.