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Welcome to the Peoria County Bar Association

President's Message

You may have noticed the new picture at the top of this article. I am humbled (some folks will tell you that may be the first time) and honored to take over as President of the PCBA.

As Dylan wrote fifty-odd years ago, “the times they are a-changin’.”  This year is setting up to be a year of firsts for PCBA. 

We have our first Co-Executive Directors, with Stephanie stepping up and joining Linda reporting directly to the Board and being directly responsible for the programs and committees she supports.  They offer great promise as a team, and will help us deliver improved service to our members. We look forward to a great working relationship, and hopefully taking some of the work and stress off Linda.

We have a new ‘lean and mean’ budget for the year with a few items unfortunately eliminated or reduced, but also some plans for improving on the future.  We are exploring with the PCBA Foundation Board transferring sponsorship of some of the fund-raiser events to the Foundation. The membership may not notice change in the events, but it should help streamline PCBA’s budget and more closely align the functions of PCBA and the Foundation.

We have some changes on the PCBA Board. For the first time since 1982, John Nicoara is not on the Board.  PCBA won’t know what to do without him, but we’ll somehow make it through the year.  Because only three people sought election as At Large Director, I’ve implemented my mantra of “think outside the box,” by appointing one of our young members to the vacant position. Kaleigh Stevens of Johnson, Bunce & Noble will be joining the Board as the fourth At Large Director and learning the ropes of what PCBA is all about.


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PCBA President,

Michael D. Gifford

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