Terry Mutchler, a lawyer and former journalist, was appointed to a six-year term in April, 2008.
Prior to accepting this position, Mutchler served as Illinois ’ first Public Access Counselor to enforce the state’s sunshine laws and also served as a senior advisor to the Attorney General.
She previously worked at a national law firm in its media law group and appellate practice group in Chicago. She is a former law clerk for a retired Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, and also clerked for the Executive Office of the President during the Clinton Administration focusing on privacy issues. Before becoming an attorney, Mutchler was an investigative journalist for The Associated Press in Pennsylvania , New Jersey , Alaska and Illinois , where she was the first woman appointed as Statehouse Correspondent. She later served as a senior advisor for the late Illinois Senate Minority Whip, Senator Penny Severns.
Mutchler received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from the John Marshall School of Law in Chicago . She was a Bohnett Fellow for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.