University of Illinois Day at the Capitol: Know Before You Go

Thank you for registering for the 2019 University of Illinois Day at the Capitol. To help you prepare for the day, please review the information below.

In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, full paper packets will not be available on site. To prepare for legislator meetings, please review the resources below and bookmark this web page on your cell phone or tablet for future reference.

Should you have any questions after reading the highlights below, please direct them to Marissa Brewer, assistant vice president for alumni advocacy at the University of Illinois Alumni Alliance, at 217-333-1648 or

What to Expect:
At the University of Illinois Day at the Capitol, you’ll join students, alumni and University leaders in supporting the University of Illinois System. Upon arriving in Springfield, Ill., you’ll first attend an appreciation lunch where you will be briefed on important issues like state funding. During the advocacy training, you will receive a cheat sheet highlighting high-level talking points to reference during legislator visits. From there, you’ll head to the Capitol to meet with legislators.

Map of Illinois State Capitol

Schedule of Events:
11:00 a.m.: Registration (Michael J. Howlett Building)
11:30 a.m.: Lunch and advocacy training (Michael J. Howlett Building)
12:30 p.m.: Walk to Capitol
12:45 p.m.: Group photo (Michael J. Howlett Building)
1:00 p.m.: Visits with legislators (Illinois State Capitol)
4:00 p.m.: Adjournment

Parking and Registration Address:
Michael J. Howlett Building
501 S 2nd St
Springfield, IL

Parking:  There is parking at the Capitol Visitors Center (425 S College St, Springfield, IL 62704) and meters around the building.

Connecting with Your Legislator:
When speaking with your legislator, you are encouraged to share personal stories, statistics or anything else that will help legislators understand why support for the U of I System is so important to you and other alumni. To prepare for the meeting, please review these valuable resources:

*IPAC: University of Illinois Investment, Performance and Accountability Commitment

*DPI: Discovery Partners Institute

*IIN: Illinois Innovation Network

Please dress in business attire with comfortable shoes. We encourage you to wear your school colors.

Photography and Videography:
Please be advised that professional photographers and videographers will be on site documenting the day. Photos and film footage will be used for UI Alumni Alliance and Illinois Connection-related promotional materials, marketing efforts and productions.