The Illinois Academy of Audiology

has recently secured a new lobbying firm, Sorling Northrup

and its lobbyists

Kevin Morphew, JD and James Morphew, JD.

Many of you may know James Morphew through his work
with the Illinois Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ISHA). 

The lobbyists immediately became engaged in a few important issues that impact audiology:

  • Legislation amending the Hearing Screening for Newborns Act, with the primary goal of modernizing the Newborn Hearing Screening program.

  • Legislation amending the Hearing Instrument Consumer Protection Act, with the primary goal of establishing, through the Department of Public Health, an alternative training program for Hearing Instrument Specialists. The current program at Parkland College will not be continuing and there needed to be an alternate means of training.

  • Legislation to the Illinois School for the Deaf, with the goal clarifying the rights and responsibilities of the Superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf.

    The lobbyists' engagement and guidance on these issues was
    CRITICAL in making sure we are 
    represented and our positions considered
    in the process of finalizing these pieces of legislation.

    Did you know the current
    Illinois Speech Pathology and Audiology Practice Act is scheduled to sunset on January 1, 2018?  
    As a result, the Practice Act will need to be reintroduced and passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 2017.

    This will require a great deal of engagement by Illinois audiologists- both in formulating our portions of the bill and in advocating for its passage- and diligent work by our lobbying firm in addressing potential issues with other interested parties and stakeholders.They also will be instrumental in getting the legislation passed through the General Assembly.

    ILAA is committed to ensuring that the voices of Illinois’s audiologists are included in this legislation and we are fortunate to have strong advocates at Sorling Northrup to help us achieve this goal. However, outstanding lobbying firms, and their associated fees, are a large, but necessary burden for state associations like ILAA to undertake. To that end, the Illinois Academy of Audiology is re-instituting the Capitol Club. This fund has a long history within the Academy.  For many years, we literally “passed the hat ” at the Friday lunch at the annual State Convention to raise such funds. Since this fundraising project has fallen by the wayside in recent years, we are instituting this current drive. Our current legislative and professional needs, specifically as it relates to our Sunset legislation, warrant raising money to fund the following:

    1. Advocacy materials for passage of the Sunset Act

    2. Funding lobbying activities

    We need EVERY audiologist to donate
    what he or she can to the 
    Capitol Club!  

    If every audiologist in Illinois donated at least $49,
    ILAA could completely fund its advocacy efforts for the coming year!!!!

    If you have any questions about governmental or legislative affairs, please contact
    Kim Cavitt, AuD, ILAA's Vice President of Government Affairs, at

Illinois Academy of Audiology (ILAA)                      
4000 Westgate
Springfield, IL 62711 
Phone: (217) 691-1506 

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