Will Aurora renew lobbyist contract?
Next month, Aurora will decide whether to renew the city's contract with lobbyist Dan Shomon.
Shomon has been representing the Aurora's interests in Springfield and Washington, D.C. since 2006, for which he gets $84,000 a year. And every time his contract is up, he faces the same question from aldermen: what, exactly, have you done for us?
Shomon's presentation to the City Council this year includes monthly reports on his activities. Some are specific, such as Shomon's work to distribute Aurora's legislative priorities to lawmakers in Springfield, and helping create the Bank on Aurora program, which helps low-income residents get bank accounts.
Some of the descriptions are more vague, involving Shomon's "constant presence in Springfield when the legislature is in session," and his work as a liaison between government officials.