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Hop the Train to Springfield with the Young Lawyers Section!

The Young Lawyers Section is set to explore Springfield, Illinois on Tuesday, March 25* to Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The group will depart by train from Chicago Union Station on Tuesday (or make your own arrangements to drive/carpool) to explore Springfield, learn more about Illinois' legislative process, how to lobby and make new connections.  Law students and attorneys of all experience levels are welcome.

Governor Quinn has pushed back the delivery of his 2014 budget address to March 26. It will be an exciting day in Springfield! Participants will have a front row seat to see what it's like to be a legislator or lobbyist in Springfield.

*If you are interested in gaining some hands-on lobbying experience, you are welcome to join CBA and CBF staff members in Springfield during the afternoon of Tuesday, March 25.  We will be meeting with legislators to discuss some of the CBA priority legislative issues.  For more information, please contact Jessica Bednarz at (312)554-4952.


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Tentative Agenda (Schedule subject to change):

Attendees will be given access to "Making Sausage and Legislation in Illinois: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Illinois' Legislative Process" to view on their own via Webcast. (1.75 IL MCLE).


Tuesday, March 25:

  • 5:15-8:39 p.m. -- Depart Union Station and travel via train to Springfield (info below).
  • 9:00 p.m. -- Check into The President Lincoln Hotel (info below) and meet in the Globe Tavern, which is attached to the hotel, for an informal welcome reception.


Wednesday, March 26:

  • 7:00-10:15 a.m. --Train to Springfield (for those unable to depart on Tuesday).
  • 9:00-10:30 a.m. -- Issues facing the Illinois Legislature CLE (1.25 MCLE). Presented by Tom Suffredin, CBA lobbyist. Additional speakers TBA. (Cafe Moxo, 411E Adams)
  • 10:45-11:15 a.m. -- Tour of the Capitol Building 
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. -- Governor Pat Quinn's Budget Address
  • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. --Lobbying 101: The CBA and CBF's Priority Issues and Other Legislative Topics of Interest CLE (1.25 MCLE).  Presented by Tom Suffredin, CBA lobbyist. Additional speakers TBA. Lunch included. (Stratton Building Cafeteria, 401 S Spring St.)
  • 2:30-3:00 p.m. -- View of the General Assembly
  • 3:00 p.m.-- Free time to explore Springfield 
  • 4:56-8:40 p.m. -- Train back to Chicago*

Hotel Information
The President Lincoln Hotel, located at 701 E Adams St., has a group rate of $109 plus tax per night. Reservations can be made by calling (217) 544-8800. Please mention "The Chicago Bar Association" to receive the group rate. The CBA group rate is available through March 4, 2014 and subject to change thereafter.

Train Information
Amtrak travels to and from Springfield daily. It is suggested that attendees either take the 5:15 PM on 3/25 or the 7:00 AM on 3/26 departing from Union Station. To make a reservation, click here. You will be travelling from Union Station (CHI) to Springfield (SPI).

Registration Information
$50 per person (members, non-members and law students). The registration fee includes Tuesday reception, light breakfast and lunch on Wednesday. Click here to register.
Travel arrangements (hotel plus train/car) are responsibility of the attendee.


Questions? Email Jessica Bednarz or call her at (312) 554-4952.