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Tony's Career Biography

In 1995 Tony Leone established Leone & Associates as a natural extension of his many years as a State official. The firm’s emphasis is on governmental relations with a focus on legislative strategy, professional access, and effective communications. Leone has represented a varied group of clients serving their needs concerning state administrative, legislative and rule-making policy.

With over 20 years of experience in the public sector, Tony Leone is a well-known face in the legislative arena. Leone was an elected officer of the General Assembly for 14 years. He served as Chief Clerk or as Assistant Clerk of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1979-1992 witnessing from the podium the proceedings of the 81st through the 87th General Assemblies. Upon leaving the Legislature he became Director of the Index Department for the Secretary of State (1992-1995) where he oversaw the official compilation of Illinois State agency rule filings for publication in the Illinois Register and Illinois Administrative Code, and administered the filing system for State officials under the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. During his tenure, he was the principal drafter for regulations under the new Illinois Lobbyist Registration Act subsequent to its passage by the General Assembly in 1994. Leone’s early career was involved with Illinois Election Law Administration. He has the unique honor as having served as an election law administrator at the city, county, and state levels.

In the private sector, Leone established Illinois Campaign Reporting Systems, Inc. (ICRS) developing personal computer software for political applications. ICRS pioneered the use of computerized campaign disclosure reports and became a leader in Illinois for computerized political list management, fund-raising, direct mail and PAC accounting services. After 15 successful years Leone closed his high-tech political consulting business to devote his efforts to provide governmental representation to his clients.

Throughout his career, Leone has served on numerous governmental boards and commissions. He was appointed to Advisory Board of The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, served as a member of the Illinois State Museum Board, and as a member of the commission which helped select the design for the Illinois’ Commemorative Quarter. In 1999 he also served on the Illinois Secretary of State Ethics Commission.

Leone has served as Chairman of the State Property Tax Appeal Board from 1990-1992. He also served on the Sangamon County Board of Review for ten years, serving as Chairman from 1985-1990. Other commissions Leone has served on include chairing the Springfield Rules & Regulation Review Commission as well as serving as a public member of the Illinois Election Laws Commission. Leone once served as an elected member to the Springfield Metropolitan & Exposition Auditorium Authority. Leone holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois in Springfield and an Associate of Arts Degree in Commerce from Springfield College in Illinois.

Leone has been commended for his governmental service on numerous occasions, including having the honor of receiving two Gubernatorial Proclamations for his service with the State Property Tax Appeal Board and the Illinois Commemorative Quarter Commission as well as a Sangamon County Board Resolution, commending his service with the Board of Review. In addition, the Illinois House of Representatives Tony Leone Accepts Accoladespassed Resolutions honoring Leone on eight separate occasions. His resolution upon retiring states “that we express our warmest regards to a valued friend and colleague as he leaves this House of Representatives for future endeavors and that we thank him for his years of service to the members of the General Assembly and the people of Illinois”.

Having left government service in 1995 Leone has involved himself in various ventures. Leone is one of the original investors of the reestablished Illinois National Bank. He is also a local businessman with real estate interests; the most well known perhaps is his recent renovation of the 1896 residence of George Pasfield, Jr. where his office is located today. Leone has transformed a historic Springfield property which could have easily been torn down, renovating it into what the State Journal-Register recently described as a “City Showplace”. It is used as residences for lobbyists and state legislators. It is often used to host legislative galas. Leone is an avid historian who directs a local research project under the name Capital City Historical Research Associates. Hiring summer vacation students with history majors to do the initial research, plans are underway for producing written material about Springfield’s past.

With his insider knowledge of Illinois politics, experiences with the Pasfield House restoration and the Capital Historical Research together with his familiarity with entertaining, Leone is one of Springfield’s most interesting lobbyists.