This is a re-print of an article that appeared in our 2000 newsletter. This article received the attention of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) which published it in their newspaper with our permission. The ISBA then asked Joanne Elliott to testify before the Illinois Senate Finance Committee which was considering a bill that would have allowed non-lawyers to represent taxpayers in tax appeal cases. Joanne appeared before that committee to testify and answered a number of questions from members of that committee, including Senator Barrack Obama. The bill that Joanne testified against did not pass out of committee. We believe this article remains relevant today.
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