Advocacy Day 2014

Advocacy Day


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Check back in early 2019 for the date announcement for 2019 Advocacy Day

Bank of Springfield Center

(formerly the Prairie Capital Convention Center)
1 Convention Center Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701

Advocacy Day will take place in Springfield, Illinois. Join an anticipated 1,000+ social workers and social work students from across the state to attend a half day of educational seminars followed by lobbying in the state capital.

Early Bird Online Rate: $15.00 (increases on March 5, 2018)
Regular Online Rate: $20.00


*Advocacy Day is a zero profit event for NASW-IL. All fees cover facility, speaker, and supply costs.

Before You Go:

  • Find your legislators on the Illinois State Legislative Directory
  • Get informed. As we get closer to the date, check your event app for the latest bills we will be working on.
  • Advocate early. 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 (Morning):

  • Dress appropriately. Business attire is expected as we will be representing the profession when we speak with state legislators. 
  • When you arrive at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, head to the main hall. There shoudl be tables for registration in the lobby. 
  • Students: Look for your school’s sign on the wall and check in with your school’s NASW IL Student Liaison. The liaison will hand out an Advocacy Day packet and answer questions. If you do not see your sign, check in at the NASW IL registration table.
  • Non-Students Social Workers: Please check in at the NASW IL registration table to receive your materials. 
  • After receiving your packet, locate a seat near the center aisle of the main hall. Please do not leave open seats as the hall will be filled.
  • Feel free to also check out the tables in the hall from the sponsoring organizations.
  • 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.
  • During the panel session: submit a question you may have by opening the advocacy day mobile app, click on the questions tab, submit a question. Please keep the question germane to the panelists and the social work profession.
  • You can also click on the questions you find most interesting, higher ranked questions will have a higher likelihood of being asked to our panels.
  • At 12:00pm there will be a 45 minute break for lunch on your own. Please check the event app for restaurant locations.

On Advocacy Day (Afternoon): Lobbying

  • Meet at the Illinois State Capitol 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 (or ones you want to advocate for yourself). It is incredibly important you take part in this aspect of lobby day. Your efforts here allow us to be heard - do not head home after morning trainings.
  • Bring a photo ID. At the Capitol 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.
  • If there is a line at the entrance you chose, consider going to one of the other two entries into the building. All will get you to the same space but usually only one entrance is busy.
  • Social workers make sure you are wearing your "Social Workers Vote" button in a prominent place, it helps legislators passing by to see social workers are attending in large numbers that day.
  • Use the mobile app to locate your representative’s Springfield office address. They will either be marked with Capitol or Stratton and a number. We have included extra instructions under the legislators app profile for difficult-to-find offices.
  • 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 an elevator to 2nd floor. Representatives who have offices here, share 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 (ground floor) and Stratton offices (2nd floor) to help you.
  • Your legislator may be in session do not be discouraged. Let his/her staff member know you were here to speak to him/her. Please do not forget to leave a slip (on NASW letterhead) with fact sheets noting your visit with the list of bills you wish for them to support checked off.
  • Ask the staff person if he/she knows when the legislator is scheduled to return. The legislator 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. After speaking to your legislator, consider sending us an e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) letting us know how the meeting went and what (if any) comments your legislator had regarding a bill.
  • After you have visited your two legislators, consider helping a friend locate theirs, head up to the chamber galleries and watch some of the debate or explore the Capitol building.
  • Also consider taking a photo with your legislator and tagging it with #NASWIL on social media platforms.

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