Rail Splitter Award

Rail Splitter Public Service Award

The Central Illinois Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration has established the Rail Splitter Public Service Award to pay tribute to public servants (government and nonprofit) whose careers exhibit the highest standard of excellence, dedication, and accomplishment.

This award is presented annually to individuals who have spent a primary part of their careers working in public service; made outstanding contributions on a sustained basis rather than having performed a single exceptional deed; and accomplished or caused to be accomplished significant programs or projects within their areas of responsibility to the ultimate benefit of the general public.

 Nominations are solicited from the entire public service community and are not limited to ASPA members. Awards will be presented at the Chapter’s Annual Awards Meeting.

2018 Recipient: Scott Reimers

Scott A. Reimers is Assistant Vice President of State Legislative Affairs for the Illinois State Medical Society. He is a broadly admired figure in the Capitol who served the Illinois General Assembly for more than twenty years, most recently as Chief of Staff for the House Republican Leader from 2011 to 2015. His experiences in working with legislators and executive officers fostered strong working relationships with decision makers on both sides of the aisle, as well as a unique insight and keen perspective of state government and public policy making.

Following his departure from legislative staff work, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin described Reimers as “one of the hardest-working people I know” and “a devoted public servant.”

Scott began his career in state government as a committee and budget staff members for the Illinois House of Representatives Republican Caucus, analyzing legislation and appropriations bills for Human Services committees. He also coordinated several political campaigns for Illinois House seats and was later appointed Director of Research Staff in 1999, proactively developing and promoting public policy, both substantive and budgetary, for a multitude of statewide and localized issues. In that role and later as Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Policy, Scott also advised public relations and media staff on legislative and policy issues, while supervising legislative research and support staff members. Appointed to Chief of Staff for the House Republican Leader in 2011, Scott advised the leadership team and caucus on state policies, legislation before the General Assembly, and appropriations for a $61 billion annual state budget. That work included meeting with the Governor, executive officers, other legislative leaders, and staff, as well as lobbyists, advocacy groups, and agency liaisons to develop, negotiate, and implement public policy for Illinois.

Now with the Illinois State Medical Society, Scott applies his talents and experience in advocating on behalf of physician members of the organization, working on an expansive range of issues in healthcare and business and creates opportunities for physicians to establish effective relationships with key local, state, and federal officials.

In 2012, Scott was inducted into the Samuel E. Gove Legislative Staff Intern Hall of Fame, recognizing his achievements in a career of distinguished public service. An active member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield, Scott shares his talents in his community, chairing a capital campaign and successfully raising $5.4 million to expand the church and school campus. He is an active board member of the Northern Illinois University Alumni Association, having earned his bachelor’s degree from NIU in 1993. He went on to earn a Master’s in Public Administration from UIS in 1994. Scott and his wife Lori, with their children Sophie and Andrew, live in Springfield.

Previous Public Service Award Recipients

1989    Robert Mandeville
1990    Robert Cronson
1992    Sam Gove
1993    Naomi Lynn
1994    James Nowlan
1995    Richard Moy
1996    Paul Simon
1997    Mike Lawrence
1998    Jim Edgar
1999    Jesse White
2001    Naomi Lynn
2011    William Holland
2012    John Stremsterfer
2013    Norm Sims
2014    Joan Walters
2015    Kathryn Harris
2016    Karen Hasara
2017    Barbara Ferrara