AN INVITATION FOR ALL MEMBER ARCHITECTS TO LOBBY
2020 PRAIRIE GRASSROOTS . SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS
COME JOIN US FOR A DAY OF CAMARADERIE AND DIRECT INTERACTION WITH YOU STATE LEGISLATOR
Dear Citizen Architects,
We regret to inform you that the Secretary of State has CANCELED all Activities at the Illinois State Capitol until further notice in an effort to limit all possibilities of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. These activities include all public and scheduled tours and organizational lobby days - including our Prairie Grassroots - in order to prevent large group gatherings on the Capitol grounds.
Currently, legislative session is delayed. They are scheduled to return on Tuesday, March 24, but have announced they are taking the decision to return on a week by week basis. We will continue to keep you informed. Right now it is hard to reschedule a lobby day without knowing if or when legislators will be back in session. More than likely we will be planning “virtual” lobby days encouraging you to make calls and send emails from the comfort of your office or home.
We sincerely thank all of you who registered to attend, and we are disappointed as we too were looking forward to a fantastic 16th year of Prairie Grassroots. However, the health and safety of our members is most important and we support the Secretary of State’s decision.
Janeen A. Harrell AIA | NOMA | LEED AP
President of AIA Illinois
Executive Vice President of AIA Illinois
MARCH 24TH, 2020 at the State House Inn
Each year, AIA Illinois hosts PRAIRIE GRASSROOTS, where member architects meet with their legislators at the Illinois State Capitol, to discuss current issues, including school safety. This event is very successful and each year, legislators comment on how much they enjoy knowing that it is the Architects' Lobby Day starting with our cool Blueprint Issue Briefs. The itinerary for the day of the event will be as follows:
Issue Lunch 12-2 pm: State House Inn, 101 E Adams St, Springfield, IL 62701
Capitol Visits: 2-4 pm Statehouse
Reception: 4-6 pm, Resource One, 321 E Adams St, Springfield, IL 62701
First-come, first-served bus transportation will be available from the Chicago Merchandise Mart with a stop in Joliet to transport attendees coming from the northern part of the state.
A pre-event conference call meeting will be scheduled to introduce any attendees not familiar with PG to the legislative process, issues at hand, and what to expect during the day.
Approved for 1 AIA/CE learning unit
Registration is now open! Register now!
AIA Illinois would like to see more member Architects attend and also mentor future Architects. Seasoned Citizen Architects are encouraged to bring a Student Architect to 2020 Prairie Grassroots.
2020 AIA NATIONAL GRASSROOTS . New Orleans, Louisiana
FEDERAL ADVOCACY AND HIGH FOCUSED CONTINUING EDUCATION IN THE BAYOU
A GREAT SUCCESS!
FEBRUARY 18 - 20, 2020 . New Orleans SHERATON at CANAL
AIA National's GRASSROOTS is held annually, alternating in Washington, DC to another non-DC locale. Member architects are able to engage directly with their Congressmen regarding important federal issues that impact the safety and soundness of the design-build world.
During DC and non-DC GRASSROOTS conferences, important CE opportunities are presented as well as interaction with other architects throughout the county. Click here for highlights from 2019 GRASSROOTS in Washington, DC. 2020 GRASSROOTS will be held in New Orleans, LA, February 18 - 20, at the New Orleans Sheraton on Canal.