Back by popular demand, Civics for Environmentalists!

If you’re in need of a brush up on how state government works, how bills become laws and how you can participate in the process, this program is for you! After all, it’s been a few years since high school civics for most of us.

This year we are hosting two different workshops and you are invited to join us for either or both of them. Can’t join us in person, no problem. Each event will be fully accessible by webinar/phone. See below for details and we hope to see you there!  

Workshop 1: Civics for Environmentalists: Advocacy Essentials

This workshop will cover information on how to lobby, power building analysis and legislator engagement tips. Perfect for newbies and those looking for a refresher on tips and tricks for successful advocacy at the state-level as concerned Illinoisans.

Date: Thursday, January 16

 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

 Sierra Club office at 70 E. Lake Suite 1500 in Chicago OR via webinar (access provided once registered)

 Colleen Smith, Legislative Director and Jen Walling, Executive Director, Illinois Environmental Council

 You are welcome to bring a packed lunch. CLE for attorneys is NOT available from this event.

Workshop 2: Civics for Environmentalists: Legislative Procedure and Lobbying

This workshop will cover the rules and processes outlined by the Illinois constitution for lawmaking; the difference between a statute, rule and policy; drafting legislation 101; the calendar and schedule; the committee process and several other legislative topics. This workshop is applicable to organizations outside the environmental community as well.

 Friday, January 31

 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 Environmental Law and Policy Center office at 35 E. Wacker Suite 1600 in Chicago OR via webinar (access provided once registered)

David McEllis, Environmental Law & Policy Center and Jennifer Walling, Illinois Environmental Council 

 Lunch will be provided. CLE for attorneys WILL be available for this event.

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