Wellesley College B.A., economics

Boston University M.A., economics

University of Illinois all but dissertation completed towards Ph.D. in economics (public finance) before being elected County Auditor.



Mayor of Urbana, Illinois: Elected as Urbana's first-ever woman mayor in 2005, re-elected 2009 and 2013.

State Representative 103rd District. 1993-1995.

Champaign County Auditor: first woman Democrat to be elected county-wide.

Champaign County Board Member: one of the first three women elected in the county.

Legislative Director, American Association of University Women of Illinois

Downstate Coordinator, Citizen Action of Illinois (worked to publicize the global warming issue)

Research Economist, University of Illinois Center for Advanced Computation

Urban and Regional Economist, Arthur D. Little, Inc., management consultants, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Economist, Pacific North Bell Telephone

Private Sector


Married to John E. Prussing, professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois; three daughters and four grandsons.


Future Voters

Nicholas (18) and Jasper (7)

"County Government in Downstate Illinois" in Illinois Local Government, A Handbook, editors James Keane and Gary Koch, Southern Illinois University Press, 1990

Numerous Op-Ed pieces on public policy issues.


Awards & Recognitions

Victor J. Stone “Bill of Rights Award”, Champaign County ACLU, “for a lifetime of service to the cause of Civil Liberties,” 2017 

“Public Official of the Year”, Water Environment Association (Illinois and National) 2015

“Cool Cities” award, Sierra Club of Illinois (for Urbana’s Climate Action Plan)

“Agent of Change”, American Association of University Women, Illinois, 2006

Illinois Environmental Council, honored for legislative record on the environment, 1994

“Best Taxpayers Friend”, National Taxpayers United of Illinois, 1994

“Friend of Agriculture”, Illinois Farm Bureau, 1994

“Best Freshman Legislator” Independent Voters of Illinois, 1993

Statewide Housing Action Coalition Award, 1993

Awards for Excellence in Finance Reporting and Distinguished Budget Presentation, Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada, 1982-1991 (first County Auditor in Illinois to win either award)