Springfield Days!

IMVCA will be hosting an inaugural meeting with legislators in Springfield to discuss vector control related topics. If you are interested in meeting with legislators, please contact Mark Clifton mclifton@nsmad.com or Dave Zazra dzazra@nsmad.com and provide them with your email address.

Mark, Dave, and the group are developing a guide to dialogue with legislators on key talking points. For those interested, here is a link to the guide for discussion called IMVCA Vector Borne Disease Summary. This will also be emailed to participants and discussed at a group meeting at the hotel. Location information is listed below.

Hotel Information

A block of 15 rooms has been set aside at the:

President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

701 E. Adams Street, Springfield, Illinois, 62701, USA

TEL: +1-217-544-8800

FAX: +1-217-544-9607

The group code is: IMV

Rooms are $119.00 per night plus $15.47 tax for a total of $134.47.

Check-in is 3:00 PM and check-out is Noon.

Please click the following link to go directly to the hotel’s reservation website for this event:

https://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/S/SPIASDT-IMV-20190507/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Reservations must be made by April 16, 2019, to receive the group rate.

May is a busy time for visits to the capitol. Please be sure to reserve your room as soon as possible to assure your get the special rate.

Group Dinner

The IMVCA is hosting a dinner and “How To” Session for participants on May 7, 2019, at 6:00 PM.

Augie’s Front Burner

109 S. 5th Street

Springfield, IL 62701

(217) 544-6979

This restaurant is about a five-minute walk from the hotel, across from the old state capitol. We will be in a private room, downstairs, with bathrooms and a cash bar.

During dinner, we will be holding an informal How To Session on:

  • Meeting with legislators
  • Talking points
  • Finalize teams for legislative visits

Meetings with Legislators

Messaging/talking points are being developed and will be distributed prior to the event. For this first visit, we are aiming for a simple educational message about vector control in Illinois and its importance to the health and economy of the State.

We are currently planning on approximately seven teams of three to four members assigned to meet with several legislators on Wednesday, May 8. We are attempting to make sure that each team is meeting with elected officials that are affiliated with their organization. Additional information will be provided as we continue to develop this aspect of the event.