2024 NASW-Illinois Chapter Advocacy Day
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Illinois State Capitol Building, Springfield, IL
DEADLINE: Friday, April 5, 2024
*Looking for group registration? See below.
For the first time since 2019, this year's Advocacy Day is back IN PERSON! Join the NASW-Illinois Chapter for our annual day of social work advocacy with other social work professionals and students. This year's Advocacy Day has been restructured to further enhance students and social workers' advocacy skills and ability to lobby directly to elected officials and their staffers.
Advocacy Day attendees will be split up by their senate and house districts and led by an NASW-Illinois Chapter Lobby Leader to meetings at the Illinois State Capitol building with their elected officials. Come learn about current emerging issues in the state of Illinois as well as up-to-the-minute legislation currently up for vote in Illinois. Unite your voices with hundreds of other social work colleagues on issues that affect the social work profession! Check back with this page in the coming weeks and months as presenters, factsheets, action alerts, and more are posted.
Please note: This year's new format for Advocacy Day will NOT allow for issuing of CEUs.
NASW-Illinois Chapter Lobby Leaders Program
New to this year's Advocacy Day is our NASW-Illinois Chapter Lobby Leaders
Program. This one-day program will train individuals on effective lobbying
techniques, their local state senate and house representatives and other elected
officials, and how to navigate advocacy tools to effectively represent social work
priorities. To learn more about the NASW-Illinois Chapter Lobby Leaders
Program and apply, click here.
Pre-Advocacy Day Training
Date: Monday, April 8, 2024
Participation in our pre-Advocacy Day training to learn about the bills you’ll be advocating for on Advocacy Day is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. This 30-minute training will take place live virtually on Monday, April 8, 2024. The time is TBA as we hope to schedule it at a time when the most registrant can participate--when submitting your Advocacy Day registration form, we ask that you please select times you are available on the day of the pre-training as we will choose the time that works for the most participants. A recording of the training will also be made available to those who are unable to participate in the live training.
2024 NASW-Illinois Chapter Advocacy Day Details
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Time (Tentative): 8:30am to 2:00pm (with more exact times to come closer to date of event)
Venue: Illinois State Capitol Building, 401 South 2nd Street, Springfield IL 62701
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2024
Cancellation Policy: Please see registration form for cancellation policy.
Please note: CEUs are NOT available for this year's event.
See our Get Ready for Advocacy Day section below for materials information to help you
Advocacy Day is a ZERO PROFIT event for the NASW-Illinois Chapter.
All fees cover a portion of the total costs.
DEADLINE: Friday, April 5, 2024
*Looking for group registration? In order to get as accurate information as possible about each registrant to maximize advocating efficacy on the day of the event, we ask that you please have students individually register using the above link. We can work with school liaisons to pull lists of registrants by school by request.
GET READY FOR ADVOCACY DAY!
Be sure to check back with this section for pre-Advocacy Day materials and information as they will be added in the coming weeks leading up to the event.
Register to Vote
If you aren't yet registered to vote in Illinois, aren't sure if you're registered to vote, or need to update your voting address, you can register to do so online now before March 4th or after March 21st. The below link will be valid through 11:59PM on March 3, 2024, at which point, you will be required to register in person at your local polling place through March 20, 2024. The link will reopen at 12:00am on March 21, 2024.
Find Your Elected Official
To find out who your local elected officials are, click here. Scroll down and type in your complete address. The system should identify your address, then click "Confirm Address." Scroll down to find your state senator and state representative to get their office address, phone number, and e-mail.
All factsheets pertaining to Advocacy Day will be uploaded to our Advocacy Day Dropbox folder closer to the day of the event as bills coming up for vote in Springfield will be added in the coming weeks and months.
To sign up for NASW-Illinois Chapter Advocacy Alerts, go to: https://www.naswil.org/advocacy-alerts