Carol Shuman Portman has been the President of the Taxpayers’ Federation of Illinois since January 2013. Prior to joining TFI in the fall of 2012, she was Assistant General Counsel – Tax with Sears Holdings Corporation for 12 years, where she was responsible for providing legal support on all state and local tax matters nationwide. Ms. Portman held similar in-house corporate tax counsel positions with Ameritech (now AT&T) and Waste Management Corporation. Her first legal experience in the state and local tax area was in the Chicago office of McDermott, Will & Emery. A former chair of TFI, Ms. Portman served on the Board of Trustees from 2000 – 2012, and the Executive Committee from 2002 – 2012. Originally from Sullivan, Illinois, Carol’s first exposure to Illinois government and fiscal policy came at an early age—her father, Charles W. Shuman, was a delegate to the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention and her grandfather, Charles B. Shuman, was president of the Illinois Farm Bureau and the America Farm Bureau Federation. She is a 1984 graduate of the University of Illinois and received her law degree in 1987 from the University of Michigan Law School.
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