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
Tentative Agenda (Schedule subject to
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.
- 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
- 12:00-1:00 p.m. -- Governor Pat Quinn's Budget
- 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
- 4:56-8:40 p.m. -- Train back to Chicago*
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.
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).
$50 per person (members, non-members and law students). The registration
fee includes Tuesday reception, light breakfast and lunch on
here to register.
Travel arrangements (hotel plus train/car) are responsibility of the
Questions? Email Jessica Bednarz or call
her at (312) 554-4952.