About Erin

img_0182I have lived and worked in Springfield since 1997. I am married to Mark Butler, an elementary teacher with District 186. Our five children are all graduates of Springfield High School.

As Ward 8 Alderwoman, I bring my experience in government to make sure that core city services are provided to all Ward 8 residents: well-maintained streets & sewers, clean walkable sidewalks, and safe neighborhoods. I am also working to ensure that our city government is fiscally responsible and that municipal services remain safe, efficient, and reliable.


    • Rules Coordinator, Illinois Pollution Control Board: 1999-2008
      – Worked on regulations dealing with all aspects of environmental issues including water, land and waste, and air quality.
    • Project Manager, Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity: 2008-2018
      – Assisted small businesses by providing the support and tools needed to navigate complicated State and federal environmental requirements.
      – served on numerous national committees advocating for small businesses throughout the State.
    • Rules Coordinator, Department of Public Health: 2018-Present
      – Work with rules that address topics ranging from long term care facilities to the Illinois plumbing code.


  • School Board Member/President, Springfield District 186 – 2005-2009
  • Founding member of the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association
  • Parent volunteer in Springfield School District 186
  • Volunteer as GED tutor through the Fishes and Loaves adult education program
  • Soccer Coach for YMCA League