MacMurray welcomes in lobbyist for next “Speaker Series”

By Nick Kovatch on November 24 at 8:00am

An Illinois lobbyist is coming to MacMurray College next month to talk about some of the hot topics coming from the statehouse.

The Illinois Rural Health Association’s executive director/lobbyist, Margaret Vaughn, who was recently dubbed the “Professional Persuader” by the Chicago Tribune for her effective track record of working for the passage over 90 state laws, will be the next featured speaker at MacMurray College on Thursday, December 5th at 7:30 p.m. at Thoresen Recital Hall in the Putnam/Springer Center on campus.

Vaughn will discuss the latest issues impacting rural health care, including legislation to make it easier for nurses to practice across state lines and mandatory insurance reimbursement for telemedicine.

She will also provide the audience with an insider’s look at how lobbyists shape public policy, and she will share effective lobbying tips, which can be used to improve professional and personal life.

After serving on the House and Senate staff, Vaughn defied the odds in a male-dominated industry and launched her own lobbying and association management firm at the age of 25.

In addition to the Illinois Rural Health Association, Vaughn has represented more than 30 statewide associations including the Parent/Alumni Associations for the Illinois School for the Deaf and the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired.

The event is December’s offering in the MacMurray College Speaker’s Series, “Diversity in the Heartland.” It is free and open to the public. Putnam/Springer is at the southeast corner of State and Clay in Jacksonville.

Request interpreting services 72 hours prior to event at or call 479-7123.