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Laurel Lunt Prussing

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Laurel Lunt Prussing
Mayor of Urbana, Illinois
In office
May 2005 (2005-May) – May 2017 (2017-May)
Preceded byTod Satterthwaite
Succeeded byDiane Marlin
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 103rd district
In office
January 1993 (1993-January) – January 1995 (1995-January)
Preceded byHelen F. Satterthwaite (redistricted)
Succeeded byRick Winkel
Personal details
Born (1941-02-21) February 21, 1941 (age 78)
New York, New York
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)John Prussing
ResidenceUrbana, Illinois
Alma materWellesley College (B.A.)
Boston University (M.A.)
University of Illinois (A.B.D.)

Laurel Lunt Prussing is a Democratic politician.

Early career

After earning degrees from Wellesley College and Boston University Lunt-Prussing worked as a research economist at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign In 1972, she was elected to the Champaign County Board and in 1976 she was elected Champaign County Auditor. While Auditor, Prussing served as president of the Illinois Association of County Auditors and a member of two of the Illinois Comptroller's committees; the local government audit advisory committee and the committee on accounting, auditing and financial reporting. She is married to John Prussing and has three children.[1] She is the author of "Downstate County Government," and advocated for Champaign County to adopt the position of county executive as per the Illinois County Executive Act of 1970.[2]

Illinois House of Representatives

In the 1990 redistricting the 103rd district’s longtime incumbent Helen F. Satterthwaite was gerrymandered into a more conservative district that removed the University of Illinois' campus and replaced it with rural, staunchly Republican territory in Champaign, Ford, and Douglas counties.[3][4] Prussing chose to run in the new 103rd district which now consisted of northeastern Champaign County and southern Ford County.[4] Lunt was narrowly elected, defeating Republican candidate Gregory Cozad, an attorney and financial planner.[5] A Republican target in 1994, she lost her reelection campaign in a cycle that saw a record number of Republicans elected. Her opponent, Rick Winkel, a Champaign County Board member and lawyer, succeeded her in office.[6]


In 1996 and 1998, Lunt Prussing ran for Congress in Illinois's 15th congressional district against Tom Ewing. She ran again in 2000, but lost to college professor Mike Kelleher. Kelleher went on to lose to State Representative Tim Johnson. In 2000, she endorsed the presidential campaign of Ralph Nader. In 2002, she lost the Democratic primary for the 103rd district, which now only included Champaign and Urbana, to former Champaign County Recorder of Deeds Naomi Jakobsson.[7][8]

Mayor of Urbana

In 2004, Prussing announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Mayor of Urbana against three term incumbent Tod Satterthwaite, the son of Helen F. Satterthwaite, her predecessor in the state house.[8] She won the municipal primary and ran unopposed in the 2005 municipal election.[9] She is the first female mayor of Urbana.[10] She was re-elected in 2009 and 2013.[11] As Mayor, Prussing chairs the Tax Increment Financing Joint Review Board and the Mayor's Neighborhood Safety Task Force.[12] She was defeated in the 2017 primary by Alderwoman Diane Wolfe Marlin.[13]

Champaign County Treasurer

As of April 12, 2019, Prussing was the County Treasurer of Champaign County.[14]


  1. ^ Pollack, James (February 1993). "New members of Illinois House: The issues they view as most important to constituents and state". Illinois Issues. Sangamon State University. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  2. ^ Andreoli, Tom (August 1990). "Will County executive: New office takes hold under Adelman". Illinois Issues. Sangamon State University. p. 46. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Steinbacher-Kemp, Bill (October 1992). "Legislative Action: Republicans push for majority in Senate, House". Illinois Issues. Sangamon State University. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Wheeler III, Charles N (November 1991). "Redistricting '91: the World Series of Illinois politics". Illinois Issues. Sangamon State University. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "Final Illinois House Endorsements". Chicago Tribune. October 22, 1992. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  6. ^ Wheeler III, Charles N (October 1994). "'Home field' for GOP: Computer-drawn map has GOP targeting House districts in attempt to gain control of lower chamber". Illinois Issues. Sangamon State University. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  7. ^ "103rd Representative Map" (PDF).
  8. ^ a b Monson, Mike (November 17, 2004). "Prussing to challenge Satterthwaite". The News-Gazette. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  9. ^ Meadows, Jim (February 10, 2013). "Politics in the Family: Tod Satterthwaite". Illinois Public Radio. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  10. ^ O'Daniell, Robert K. (photographer) (April 30, 2005). "Urbana's first woman mayor is enthusiastic about her future". The News-Gazette. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  11. ^ Smith, Robert (April 9, 2013). "Laurel Prussing retains role as mayor". Nexstar Broadcasting Group. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  12. ^ Torres, Louie (June 14, 2016). "Tax board to welcome new businesses to Urbana". Chambana Sun. Retrieved December 22, 2016.
  13. ^ Kacich, Tom (February 28, 2017). "Marlin wins Urbana primary". The News-Gazette. Champaign, Illinois. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  14. ^ "State of Illinois County Officers" (PDF). Springfield, Illinois: Illinois State Board of Elections. April 12, 2019. p. 10. Retrieved May 8, 2019.

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