About Us

The Council of State Governments is the nation’s only nonpartisan association of state officials serving all three branches of government in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. CSG is a region-based, national organization that promotes excellence in state government. CSG fosters the interstate exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy, and it offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.

CSG Midwest focuses on meeting the needs of state policymakers and leaders in the nation’s heartland, including 11 Midwestern states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In addition, four Canadian provinces — Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan — are members or affiliate members of CSG Midwest’s Midwestern Legislative Conference.

Overview of Member Services

You are automatically a member of The Council of State Governments (and able to take advantage of our member services) if you are:

  • An elected or appointed state government official or
  • A staff member in the executive, legislative or judicial branches of state government

Through our publications and research services, we strive to keep the region’s state officials informed about critical issues, emerging trends and best practices that are impacting their work as leaders in state government. We provide opportunities for policymakers to share resources, strategies and ideas with counterparts in other states at regional and national conferences as well as through our committees and task forces. In addition, leadership and professional development training is available to help newer state legislators develop the skills they need to be effective state government leaders.

For more information on our services, please give us a call at 630.925.1922 or send us an email.

Midwestern Legislative Conference

Midwestern Legislative Conference

A principal objective of CSG Midwest is to support the efforts of the Midwestern Legislative Conference. The MLC is a nonpartisan association of all legislators representing 11 states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. The provinces of Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario are MLC affiliate members.

 

Visit the MLC webpage

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus GLLC Logo

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus (GLLC) is a binational, nonpartisan organization that exists solely for the purpose of engaging state and provincial legislators in the policy-making process related to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. CSG Midwest provides staff support to the caucus.

 

Visit the GLLC website

Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission

Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission MIPRC Logo

The Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission (MIPRC) brings together state leaders from across the region to advocate for passenger rail improvements. Formed by compact agreement in 2000, MIPRC’s current members are Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin. CSG Midwest provides secretariat services to the commission. Laura Kliewer serves as director of the commission.

 

Visit the MIPRC website

Radioactive Waste Shipment Rail

Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Project (MRMTP)

The Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Project is a joint project between CSG Midwest and the U.S. Department of Energy. Since its inception in 1989, this project has helped state governments in the Midwest learn about and provide input into the DOE’s plans for shipping radioactive materials through the region. The cooperative agreement has also enabled states on the shipping routes to receive financial assistance from the DOE in order to prepare for shipments.

 

Visit the MRMTP webpage

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Legislative Service Agency Group

The Midwestern Legislative Service Agency/Research Directors Group is a network of nonpartisan legislative service agency directors and staff representing the 11 Midwestern states. The group facilitates the interstate exchange of information among participating agencies. During the group’s meetings, participants examine various facets of nonpartisan legislative staff work, including: legislative research, bill drafting, committee staffing, membership services, information technology, staff management and training, and professional ethics.

For more information, please contact Ilene Grossman at 630.925.1922.

Staff

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Staff

CSG Midwest Director Mike McCabe
Mike McCabe
Director
Mike McCabe is the director of the Midwestern Office. He is responsible for managing the staff, providing secretariat services to the Midwestern Legislative Conference and other association duties. Before serving as director, he was the assistant director for six years.
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He holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Iowa State University and is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. Mike is a member of the bar in Iowa and Illinois. Phone: 630.925.1922
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CSG Midwest Publications Manager Tim Anderson.
Tim Anderson
Publications Manager
Tim edits and manages Stateline Midwest, CSG Midwest's flagship publication, and helps manage the CSG Midwest website. He also serves as lead staff person for the Midwestern Legislative Conference Education Committee, helps staff the MLC's Fiscal Affairs Committee, and serves
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as staff liaison to the state of Nebraska. Tim holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and education from Butler University as well as a master's degree in political science from Northern Illinois University. Phone: 630.925.1922
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CSG Midwest Assistant Director Cindy Andrews.
Cindy Andrews
Assistant Director, Marketing and Administration
Cindy is responsible for supervising CSG Midwest's administrative staff, conducting budget analyses and developing marketing strategies. She also acts as the lead host state contact for the Midwestern Legislative Conference Annual Meeting. Cindy holds a bachelor's degree in behavioral science
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from National-Louis University. Phone: 630.925.1922
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CSG Midwest Program Manager Mitch Arvidson
Mitch Arvidson
Program Manager
Mitch staffs the Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Project and the Midwestern Radioactive Materials Transportation Committee. He also serves as CSG Midwest's lead staff person for the Midwestern Legislative Conference Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and as staff liaison to
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the states of Illinois and Minnesota. Mitch holds an undergraduate degree in political science and international studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a master's degree in international public affairs from the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison. Phone: 630.925.1922
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CSG Midwest Policy Analyst and Assistant Editor Jon Davis
Jon Davis
Policy Analyst and Assistant Editor
Jon is the CSG Midwest staff liaison to the states of South Dakota and Wisconsin. He also assists the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission, serves as CSG Midwest's lead staff person for the Midwestern Legislative Conference Health & Human Services
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Committee, and is assistant editor of Stateline Midwest. Jon holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Phone: 630.282.3063
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CSG Midwest Assistant Director Ilene Grossman.
Ilene Grossman
Assistant Director, Planning and Development
Ilene is CSG Midwest's lead staff person for the Midwestern Legislative Conference Midwest-Canada Relations Committee and also serves as state liaison for the states of Indiana and Iowa. She holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Drake University and
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a master's degree in political science from American University. Phone: 630.925.1922
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CSG Midwest Senior Policy Analyst Laura Kliewer
Laura Kliewer
Senior Policy Analyst
Laura serves as director of the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission. She is also in charge of planning the business program for the Midwestern Legislative Conference Annual Meeting. Laura serves as CSG Midwest staff liaison to the states of Kansas
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and Michigan. She holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California-Los Angeles and a master's degree in communications from Wheaton College. Phone: 630.925.1922
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Carolyn Orr, Ph.D., P.A.S.
Agriculture Policy Consultant
Carolyn serves as MLC Agriculture Policy Consultant, staffing the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the Task Force on Nutrient Management of the Great Lakes Caucus. Dr. Orr, a Certified Professional Animal Scientist, holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University,
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a M.S. from the University of Tennessee and a B.S. from Ohio State University and is a certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Auditor. Carolyn owns and manages a diversified crop, livestock and aquaculture farm. Phone: 859.265.0658
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CSG Midwest Senior Program Manager Laura Tomaka.
Laura Tomaka
Senior Program Manager
Laura serves as CSG Midwest's lead staff person for the Midwestern Legislative Conference Economic Development Committee and is program coordinator for the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development (BILLD). She also is CSG Midwest's staff liaison to the states of
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Ohio and North Dakota and helps staff the MLC's Fiscal Affairs Committee. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Old Dominion University and a master's degree in political science from Loyola University in Chicago. Phone: 630.925.1922
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Jenny Chidlow
Office Manager
Jenny provides administrative support to staff and day-to-day office management for the Midwestern Office.  She is responsible for oversight and processing of accounts payable and receivable. She also helps manage the member database, website, and Midwestern Legislative Conference Annual Meeting
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registration. Jenny holds a bachelor's degree in geography from University of Illinois at Chicago. Phone: 630.282.3061
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Kathy Treland
Administrative Coordinator and Meeting Planner
Kathy provides administrative support and primary meeting planning assistance for the Midwestern Office. She also helps with the member database and marketing, and is responsible for Midwestern Legislative Conference Annual Meeting shipping. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration
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from Aurora University. Phone: 630.925.1922
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Contact Us

The Council of State Governments
Midwestern Office
701 E. 22nd Street, Suite 110
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: 630.925.1922
E-mail: csgm@csg.org