Joe McMenamin – Ward 7

Joe McMenamin1300 Pine Valley Ct., Springfield, IL, 62704

Joe’s background, professional experience, and community involvement

  • Joe is a U of I Champaign (1975) and an SIU Law (1979) graduate. After law school, he chose Springfield as his home and started a family here with his wife, Lynn.
  • Illinois Government attorney at EPA, Department of Revenue (Manager Income Tax Legal Division) and Department Veteran Affairs General Counsel).
  • Started private law practice 1991, concentrating in business and tax matters. He reduced his law practice in 2011 to give full-time attention to the City Council and constituents.
  • 30 years Il Army National Guard. Enlisted 1981 and commissioned JAG officer 1988. He advised numerous command headquarters as an Army lawyer. Three over-seas assignments, including Afghanistan 2004-5.
  • Joe and Lynn are 35-year near west side residents. Lynn taught at Owen Marsh and Butler schools 20+ years. Their children attended Springfield Public Schools. Ed is a news reporter in the Chicago area, and Carrie teaches at Centennial HS, Champaign. They worship at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
  • Joe is active in many neighborhood, civic, and professional organizations, and coached 20+ seasons of youth sports in soccer and basketball. He is a founding dues-paying member of ICON and drafted ICON’s initial bylaws.
  • He is active in MacArthur Boulevard Association, Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Springfield, Inc and attends neighborhood meetings throughout Ward 7. He is a VFW Post 755 officer, American Legion Post 32 Scholarship Fund Trustee, Kiwanis Downtown Club past president, and IL Government Bar Association vice president.

Joe’s Vision for Springfield

  • Strengthen our older neighborhoods and encourage private investments with City financial incentives.
  • Redevelop vacant downtown properties for residential use. Beautify and restore blighted older neighborhoods, and maintain infrastructure everywhere.
  • Reverse our large structural City deficits, reform and fully fund City pensions, require new City hires to live in the city, and carefully manage CWLP.

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