Advocacy Day 2014

Advocacy Day


Prairie Capital Convention Center
1 Convention Center Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701

The event will take place down at the Prairie Convention Center in Springfield, IL. Join an anticipated 1,000 social workers and social work students from across the state to attend a half day of educational seminars on lobbying in Illinois. Participants will receive an Advocacy Day packet complete with legislative materials and tip sheets on lobbying.

Budget Presentation:

Advocacy Day is a ZERO profit event for the chapter, in that any fee that is charged is based on the costs to present the event including catered continental breakfast, printing/folder fees, and space/speaker fees.

Before You Go:

  •  Know Your Legislators. Find your legislators on the Illinois State Legislative Directory Call or email your representatives in advance to see if they are available to speak with you on Advocacy Day.
  • Get informed. Familiarize yourself with current issues and legislation in Illinois. Think about how you might start a conversation with your representative. Why is it important for social workers to support this piece of legislation? Fact sheets regarding bills and legislative efforts for Advocacy Day will be available via the mobile app and will be in your advocacy day packets.

You can also see them online at (Click on the 2015 Actions button)  (please note: fact sheets can be viewed via the mobile app)

  • Send Action Alerts. Start advocating now! Sign up to receive action alerts about critical issues and legislation here: Throughout the year, NASW IL will inform you about important issues facing social workers. One of the most effective ways to advocate is to share our action alerts with friends.
  • Get connected. Connect to other participants by creating a profile on the NASW IL app and reach out to other attendees.

On Advocacy Day:

  • Bring a photo ID. At the capital you may be asked to present a photo ID. Please remember that we will be going into a government building and may be asked to wait in lines at security.
  • Dress appropriately. Business attire is expected as we will be representing the social work profession when we speak with state legislators.
  • When you arrive, head downstairs in the Prairie Capital Convention Center toward room B11.
  • Students: Look for your school’s sign and check in with your school’s NASW IL Student Liaison. The liaison will hand out Advocacy Day materials and answer questions. If you do not see your sign, check in at the NASW IL registration table. Non-Students: Please check in at the NASW IL registration table to receive your materials.
  • After you receive a packet, go to room B11 and locate a seat near the center aisle. Please do not leave open seats as the hall will be filled.
  • The event starts at 9:00am with speaker presentations, a legislative overview, and panel discussion. Afterward, you will select a smaller breakout session to attend.
  • At 12:00am there will be an hour break for lunch on your own. Please check the event map for restaurant locations.
  • Meet at the capital at 12:45pm. This is your opportunity to talk with legislators and their staff on your own about the issues highlighted in the earlier sessions.
  • If there is a line at the entrance you chose, consider going to one of the other three entries into the building. All will get you to the same space but usually only one entrance is busy.
  • Use the mobile app to locate the your representatives Springfield address. They will either be marked with either Capitol or Stratton and a number.
  • Stratton offices can be reached by going downstairs and following the signs in the tunnel. When you get to the cafeteria go left and take stairs or elevator to 2nd floor. Representatives here, share office space so you will need to walk around and look for their name on the front desks.
  • If you can't find your legislator, there are information desks both in the Capitol and Stratton offices (2nd floor) to help you.
  • Your legislator may be in session, do not be discouraged. Let the his/her staff member know you were here to speak to them. Please do not forget to leave a slip noting your visit with bills you wish them to support noted.
  • Ask the staff person if they know when the legislator is scheduled to return. They may have committee hearings afterwards, consider heading to those and meet your legislator before or after the committee hearing.
  • If you do get to speak to your legislator be confident, and precise. Remember, they are busy but they do WANT to hear from you. You are helping them by approaching them.

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