G. Allen Mayer
G. Allen Mayer
(D - District 6)
3300 N Isabell Avenue
Peoria, IL 61604
Current County Board Committees
- Ways and Means Committee (Chairman)
- Rules Committee (Chairman)
- Budget Committee
- Executive Committee
Allen Mayer was re-elected to the Board in November 2014. He currently serves as Chairman of the Ways and Means and Rules Committees. Mr. Mayer is also a member of the Executive and Budget Committees. Mr. Mayer has championed improvements to Peoria County’s financial policies. Despite the most difficult economy since the Great Depression, Peoria County has seen its bond rating improve twice in recent years.
Mr. Mayer has been a strong advocate for the County's Heddington Oaks elder care facility. This state-of-the-art facility was built without new taxes by using a combination of cash reserves and the levy that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in a 2003 referendum. Heddington Oaks continues the over 150-year commitment by Peoria County to care for seniors who can no longer care for themselves.
As an advocate of professional and efficient local government, Mr. Mayer championed the consolidation of election services in a successful 2014 referendum. The new Peoria County Election Commission offers professional, bi-partisan oversight of local elections and is estimated to save local taxpayers over $250,000 in personnel costs in 2017. Similarly, as the Chairman of the Redistricting Committee Mr. Mayer led a process that resulted in the unanimous approval of a new County Board district map.
During his first term on the Board, Mr. Mayer led the Board's decision to deny the proposed expansion of a hazardous waste landfill. The Illinois Pollution Control Board and the Appellate Court unanimously upheld this decision. Mr. Mayer’s later work as Chairman of the Regional Pollution Control Site Committee led to the unanimous approval of a (non-hazardous) landfill expansion with an increased emphasis on citizen recycling and waste reduction.
Mr. Mayer currently serves as Deputy General Counsel to Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs where, among other things, he drafted and led negotiations to successfully pass the new Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act. He previously served as Counsel to Illinois Comptroller Dan Hynes and as an attorney for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). In these previous positions he worked to restore Springdale Cemetery, pass legislation to curb "pay to play" politics in state government, issue new administrative rules governing enterprise zones, and preserve overtime rights for Illinois workers.
In 2005, the Peoria Jaycees presented Mr. Mayer the Charles C. Schlink Good Government Award. In 2006, he won the prestigious Illinois Jaycees’ TOYP (Ten Outstanding Young People) Award. And in 2007, he was named one of "Forty under 40" leaders by InterBusiness Issues.
Mr. Mayer is a graduate of the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) and is an honors graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois College of Law. He and his wife, Carey, have a son, Conrad, and a daughter, Katherine. Carey works in Peoria as a licensed architect and LEED-certified professional. They are active members of First English Lutheran Church and are involved in several local civic organizations including the Biltmore Heights Neighborhood Association, WTVP-TV, and the Junior League of Peoria.