LGC in Springfield

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Springfield, IL

Includes all programming, tours, museum admission, and meals. 

Guests are welcome!

Leadership Greater Chicago and the Convene Committee of the Leadership Fellows Association (LFA) invite you to join us in Springfield this February! 

This visit to our state's capital is an opportunity for direct engagement with Illinois lawmakers to explore the challenges affecting Illinois. During these unplugged conversations, we will explore the pension crisis, the state budget, and school reforms. Our trip is on the Governor's calendar, and he will make every effort to join us at some point during our time in Springfield. 

Our scheduled activities will include speaker panels with legislators, networking, a reception at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, and a tour of the Illinois State Capitol. Participants will receive a toolkit to help them facilitate meetings with their representatives while we are in Springfield. The agenda is as follows:


Arrive in Springfield
3:00 p.m.

Tour Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum

3:00–5:00 p.m.
212 N. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62701
NOTE: Museum closes at 5:00 p.m.
Reception and Conversation
on State School Funding Reform: A Case Study in Legislating

5:00–9:00 p.m.
Speakers: State Senators Andy Manar and Jason Barickman
Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum

They will discuss what the recent legislation around school funding reform means for Illinois.

Includes dinner, drinks and networking 

We will spend the day in and around the Capitol engaging with legislators and other leaders to learn more about the pressing issues facing our state.
Breakfast and Networking
8:15–9:00 a.m.
Fireside Chat on State Finances 
9:00-10:00 a.m.
Speaker: State Treasurer Michael Frerichs

Moderator: John Kamis (Fellow since 2017)
Partner at Carpenter Lipps & Leland

Fellows & Guests in Dialogue
10:00–10:30 a.m.
The State Budget and its Impact
10:30–11:30 a.m.
Speakers: Director of Governor's Office of Management and Budget Hans Zigmund, former State Senator Donne Trotter, and lobbyist and President of Lowder Governmental Solutions John Lowder.
Moderator: Cristal Gary (Fellow since 2017)
Principal at Leavitt Partners, LLC and
Former Deputy Governor of Illinois

This expert panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the state budget, and the impact on the social safety net and service organizations.
Lunch and Dialogue
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Following the morning’s programming, we will break for a “working lunch.” This will include a facilitated dialogue to help Fellows and guests continue the conversations from the morning and connect with one another.

Tour of Illinois State Capitol
1:00–3:00 p.m.
We will conclude the trip with a guided tour of the Illinois State Capitol. Afterward, Fellows and guests are free to explore Springfield on your own, meet with representatives and other leaders, or return home.

Hotel and transportation to and from Springfield are on your own. Our block of hotel rooms secured for Fellows at the President Abraham Lincoln Doubletree (701 E. Adams Street) is full. 

Hotel rooms can be reserved at the Wyndham Hotel, located across the street (700 E. Adams Street), by calling (217) 789-1530. The rate is $134 per night (excluding tax)

Multiple Amtrak trains are available from Chicago to Springfield each day. You can purchase Amtrak tickets for $21 each way here.

Questions? Contact Director of Programs Ben Brownson at ben.brownson@lgcchicago.org.

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