Joe is an Attorney at Livingston, Barger, Brandt & Schroder, LLP in Champaign. Joe grew up in Mt. Zion, Illinois, attended Richland Community College, Millikin University, and law school at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. In 2004, Joe began his law practice in Decatur, Illinois at a general practice law firm. In 2009, Joe transitioned to a specialized area of the law focusing on banking, real estate, and financial litigation, which took him throughout the State of Illinois. In 2014, his wife’s job brought their family to Champaign-Urbana. Upon moving to the area, Joe immediately set out to become an owner of Common Ground, take advantage of the Champaign and Urbana Farmer’s Markets, and discover locally owned establishments to patronize.
Joe’s aim is to give back to the community in which we live and work to make the community better for the whole. Everyone can make a difference in his or her own way. For Joe he plans to utilize his legal experience as a resource for individuals and entities as they navigate the legal landscape. Joe is excited for this opportunity and looks forward to being able to further The Land Connection’s mission.
Sue grew up in the Austin neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side and in a rural area later annexed into Northbrook. Sue earned a BA in English and her masters in library & information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana. After teaching at Richmond-Burton H.S. in McHenry County, she became reference librarian for a decade at the Merriam Center for Public Administration on the campus of the University of Chicago.
Active in environmental issues on the state and local level, she chaired the board of the Illinois Environmental Council, was active with the Chicago Recycling Coalition, and, from 1997-2007 worked as office administrator for the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter.
She received a Masters in Community Development in August 2008 from North Park University. She is Campaign Chair and represents The Sierra Club Foundation on the board of Earth Share of Illinois.
Sue, her husband Albert Ettinger, and daughter Lenore live in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago where she volunteers with the Alderman Joe Moore’s 49th Ward Green Corps, organizing a workshop series on community sustainability and working to establish the Glenwood Sunday Market, hoping to combine access to fresh organic produce from a farmers market with community business and cultural endeavors. She is passionate about the need to save farmland and train new farmers in organic practices, as she sees these as essential to protect public health, rebuild the local food economy, restore soil fertility, revitalize and connect rural and urban communities, and respect waterways.
I am a 5th generation farmer in Paxton, IL and a second generation organic farmer. I was a graduate of the University of Illinois in Crop Sciences and focused on soil science and fertility. Currently I work as a crop adviser and agronomist for conventional and organic farmers. I specialize in cover crop plans, diversifying farming operations and building organic transition plans. I also help farmers maximize investments for their ag inputs. I'm part of a diverse organic farming operation which includes 7 different crops and 3 species of livestock. My siblings and parents are also a huge part of the operation. On top of farming and consulting, I also am part owner of Silver Tree Beer & Spirits LLC where we use wheat from our fields to make Down East Wheat Vodka.