LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR
REPRESENTATIVE JOYCE MASON
Representative Mason is a full-time legislator who has demonstrated a continuing commitment to policies that support the AIA and its principles by granting architects the design flexibility required in the modern built environment. This includes: empowering architects to address bathroom designs to accommodate the challenges of social change, her belief in statewide building codes minimums which avoid tragedies that have occurred during natural disasters, fighting for sustainable communities and advocates for building design and construction which are mindful of wildlife and sensitive habitats. She has continually hosted negotiations to attempt to bring about compromise, while never diverging from the goals of good design.
Her advocacy includes her incredible work on reforming the Energy Savings Contract Act (ESCO) which has been the subject of systemic abuses that hurt school districts, as it bypasses a fair bidding process and puts the public's health safety and welfare at risk. She has resisted attempts to limit design opportunities including requiring property owners to use specific technology instead of allowing owners the flexibility to use new technology such as solar shingles rather than traditional solar panels.
In 2021, Representative Mason also demonstrated her visible commitment to the AIA as a profession and as an organization by passing a unanimous resolution honoring AIA Illinois’ 75th Anniversary.
Joyce is thoughtful and considerate of all perspectives. She believes that every person in the district deserves respect and representation and encourages respectful dialogue, feedback and ideas from all members of the community. Serving her constituents is a top priority for Joyce and she works hard to make herself and her team easily accessible to everyone.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. She has a long career as a human resource professional and holds her SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) and SHRM-SCP (Society of Human Resource Management Senior Certified HR Professional) certifications.
Joyce served as Vice President of the Woodland District 50 Board of Education for two years. Her community activities include volunteering for the American Cancer Society, Woodland School District, and Gurnee Park District. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of A Safe Place-Lake County Crisis Center and El Puente Latino.
Joyce and her family are life-long residents of Illinois. They have lived in Gurnee for the past twenty years and have been actively involved in the community for decades. Joyce has been a small business owner, a community leader, and a teacher in the district.
Past Legislator of the Year Award recipients:
2019: Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth
2018: Representative Steven A. Andersson
2017: Senator Cristine Radogno
2016: Senator Iris Martinez
2015: Senator Pam Althoff
2014: Senator William Delgado
2013: Representative Carol Sente
2012: Senator John J. Cullerton
2011: Senator Don Harmon
2010: Senator William R. Haine
2009: Representative Elaine Nekritz
2008: Representative Julie Hamos
2007: Senator Jeffrey M. Schoenberg
Representative David E. Miller
2006: Senator Terry Link
2004: Representative Michael Madigan
2003: Senator Frank Watson
2002: Senator Denny Jacobs
Representative Tom Berns
2001: Representative Skip Saviano
2000: Senator John Maitland
1999: Representative Brad Burzynski
1998: Senator Steve Rauschenberger
1996: Senator Todd Sieben
1994: Senator William Peterson
1993: Representative Frank Giglio
1989: Representative Richard Luft
1988: Representative Richard Mautino