Events / Calendar

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Advance Illinois regularly sponsors and collaborates on events. In addition, we promote other education-related events.

Take Action in Springfield! Join us and hundreds of teachers, students, parents, and community members as we fight for bipartisan action for a fair and adequate school funding formula to benefit ALL children across our state.

Rally and Footrace for Fair School Funding
May 17, 1-3 p.m.
Lincoln Statue at Illinois State Capitol
301 S 2nd St, Springfield, IL 62701

Fix the Formula Illinois town halls are coming up around the state (for more information contact Teresa Ramos):

Quincy Press Event & Town Hall
April 17, 1-3 p.m.
Quincy School Board District Office Rm 214
1416 Maine Street, Quincy, 62301

U-46 Town Hall
April 17, 7-9 p.m.
Elgin High School
1200 Maroon Drive, Elgin, 60120

Aurora Town Hall
April 18, 5-7 p.m.
Herget Middle School
1550 Deerpath Rd. Aurora, IL 60506

Berwyn Town Hall
April 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Havlicek Elementary School
6401 W. 15th St. Berwyn, IL 60402

Crab Orchard Town Hall
April 19, 10 a.m.
Crab Orchard CUSD #3
19189 Cory Bailey Street
Marion, IL 62959

Quad Cities Town Hall
April 20, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Bowlesburg Elementary School
2221 10th St. Silvis, IL 61282

Illinois Leadership for Educational Equity Legislator Forum (Chicago)
April 20, 6-8 p.m.
Chicago Theological Seminary
1407 E. 60th St, Chicago, 60637

Normal Town Hall
April 27, 2-3:30 p.m.
Heartland Community College

Chicago Heights Town Hall
May 9, 6-8 p.m.
South Cook Intermediate Service Center
253 West Joe Orr Road, 60411

Recent event: Advance Illinois presented the findings of Every Student Counts: The State We’re In 2016-2017 at the City Club of Chicago. Presenters included Ginger Ostro, Executive Director, and Board Members Bill Daley, John Edwardson and Sylvia Puente. View the video

Annual events

Educator Leadership Institute

The Educator Leadership Institute, or ECET2, brings teachers together to focus on advocacy and how teachers can use their voices to change the education policy conversation in Illinois. ECET2 offers a depth of skill-based sessions for teachers to partake in to improve and practice their advocacy expertise. The most recent event took place in October 2016 in Springfield. Read more

Legislator Forum







This annual event brings together 36 education advocacy organizations, state legislators and other education leaders for a conversation about pressing topics in the education sector. The most recent Legislator Forum took place March 14, 2017, in Springfield and featured guest speakers such as Ryan Smith, Executive Director, Education Trust-West, and State Superintendent Tony Smith. Read more | Event video | Event photos