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IML hosts successful Lobby Day events

Southland Voice 5-11-16 Springfield Lobby Day

Photo and caption courtesy of the Southland Voice 5-11-16

Thanks to all who advocated and lobbied for Chicago’s Southland during Lobby Days!

From the Illinois Municipal League’s web site: The Illinois Municipal League (IML) was pleased to host another vibrant and engaging Lobby Day on May 4, 2016. Connecting municipal officials with the legislative process during Lobby Day is another service provided by IML to provide value and opportunity to our members. The more than 200 local officials registered for the Wednesday morning legislative briefing heard informative presentations by several guest speakers and received informational materials about the IML’s legislative agenda and key issues.

Executive Director Brad Cole welcomed attendees to the event and introduced the guest speakers. Congressman Darin LaHood, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Comptroller Leslie Munger and Department of Commerce and Economic Development (DCEO) Acting Director Sean McCarthy discussed issues including the state and federal budgets, economic development, local government issues and the problems confronting local governments as a result of state mandates. Attendees were also briefed by IML staff about key issues of importance to municipalities.

Following the legislative briefing, attendees headed to the Statehouse to discuss critical municipal needs with their legislators. Several IML committees met during the afternoon to resolve pending IML business. That evening, Lobby Day attendees and legislators enjoyed the IML’s legislative reception at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The IML extends sincere appreciation to the dozens of legislators and state officials who participated in our Lobby Day events, and would particularly like to thank AT&T and ComEd for their generous sponsorships.

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