Rebecca Crown Center

Under the direct supervision of the University President, the Office of Government Relations staff serves as the liaison to officials and agencies of the U.S. government, State of Illinois, City of Chicago and Cook County. The Office coordinates governmental policy development within Northwestern and works to promote the University as a resource to government officials as one means of fulfilling the University's societal obligations as a tax exempt organization. The Northwestern Government Relations staff also represents the University to membership organizations, associations, consortia, and alliances with whom Northwestern has common interests.

All University Government Relations initiatives are established annually by the University President after consultation with the provost, deans, and senior staff.

New Policy

Faculty and staff must consult with the Office of Government Relations prior to initiating contact with federal, state, or local elected officials and must report and account for legislative and/or lobbying activities.

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Reporting Instructions and Forms

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Truman Scholarship Nominees Visit Springfield


Northwestern University students, Catherine Sobilo, Hayeon Kim, Kelsey Pukelis, and Christina Cilento meet with State Senator Napoleon Harris III following the Governor's State of the State Address in Springfield, IL on January 27, 2016.

Senator Durbin Announces $2 Billion NIH Increase

Dr. Todd Kuiken (left), Professor Milan Mrksich, Dean Eric Nelson, and Associate Professor Emily Rogalski listen as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced a $2 billion dollar increase in the NIH budget for FY2016. Read the full story here.

Interview of Dr. Milan Mrksich

On July 29, 2014, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky interviewed Dr. Milan Mrksich, Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Cell and Molecular Biology, in her Congressional office.  Professor Mrksich and the Congresswoman discussed his research in the area of nanotechnology, challenges to technology transfer, and the future directions of nanotechnology research.

Evanston Day in Springfield Video

On February 26, 2014, the City of Evanston and Northwestern University hosted their 5th Annual "Evanston Day in Springfield" event. Watch the video here!