Laurel Prussing is an economist with a long history of work in public finance, environmental protection and human rights. Her efforts have been recognized by awards from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, the Sierra Club, the Water Environment Professionals, the ACLU and the American Association of University Women. Before being elected County Treasurer in 2018, she served in a number of elected offices: Mayor of Urbana, Illinois 2005-2017 (first woman); State Representative, 103rd District, 1993-1995; Champaign County Auditor, 1976-1992 (first Democratic woman elected county-wide); Champaign County Board, 1972-1976 (one of the first three women elected).
Her education includes: Wellesley College, B.A. Economics; Boston University, M.A. Economics; University of Illinois, completed all work except the thesis, toward a PH.D. in economics (Public Finance) prior to election as County Auditor. Laurel is married to John E. Prussing, emeritus Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They have three daughters and four grandsons.