Laurel Lunt Prussing

Mayor of Urbana, Illinois, Elected 2005 (first woman), re-elected 2009 and 2013

Delegate, Democratic National Convention: Bernie Sanders 2016, Barack Obama 2012.

Mayor of Urbana, Illinois, Elected 2005 (first woman), re-elected 2009 and 2013.


Bernie Sanders delegate at the 2016 convention.


Previously elected: State Representative; Champaign County Auditor (first woman Democrat elected county-wide); Champaign County Board member (one of the first three women elected)


Education: Wellesley College, B.A., economics; Boston University, M.A., economics; University of Illinois, all but dissertation completed towards Ph.D. in economics (public finance)


Previous jobs: Legislative Director, American Association of University Women of Illinois; Downstate Coordinator, Citizen Action of Illinois (worked to publicize the global warming issue); Economist, University of Illinois Center for Advanced Computation; Urban and Regional Economist, Arthur D. Little, Inc., management consultants, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Current State-wide Appointments: Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board; Illinois P-20 Commission: (Mayor Prussing represents local government. The commission recommends improvements to education—early childhood through adulthood -- to the Governor and the Illinois Legislature).


Current Professional Affiliations: United States Conference of Mayors ( Mayors' Water Council, Energy Committee, International Committee); Illinois Municipal League (elected Board Member).


Political Work: elected precinct committeewoman, Champaign County Democrats, Laurel Prussing has recruited many candidates and worked on numerous local, state and national campaigns (helped get Barack Obama on the ballot for U.S. Senate in 2004 when he was a virtual unknown, one of earliest supporters of Dick Durbin for U.S. Senate in 1996).


Family: married to John E. Prussing, professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois; three daughters and four grandsons

Awards and recognition: Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Feminists Who Changed America. “Agent of Change” award, AAUW of Illinois; “Public Official of the Year”, Water Environment Association, state and national levels (for work on water quality); Sierra Club of Illinois “Cool Cities” (for Climate Action Plan).