Annual Legislative Event - Advocacy Day

The Illinois Academy holds its Advocacy Day in the spring at the Illinois State Capital in Springfield however due to COVID-19 pandemic Advocacy Day has been held virtually to ensure our members safety.

Illinois Academy Virtual Advocacy Day Schedule: 

Virtual: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST         Gain knowledge on proposed state legislation, learn about current laws that have impacted our profession, and how we can advocate for the dietetic profession with our state representatives.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CST          Meet with your State Representative!

We will pair you up with constituents in your district for a meet and greet. This will be based on the representative's availability, so please indicate if you are interested in a meet and greet, are available in-person or virtually. If your representative is not available on the April 12, we will reach out to coordinate another time.

Learning objectives and performance indicators are pending.
4 CEUS are pending for active Illinois Academy members as a member benefit. 

$40 to earn 4 CEUS for non-members and student registration is free. 

Click here to register for Advocacy Day! - Registration closes on April 8

Watch the video below to help you identify your State Elected Officials which is required when registering for Advocacy Day.

Advocacy Resources:
Contact Us:
If you have questions regarding Advocacy Day contact our State Policy Representatives

Rebecca Ilic & Valerie Koress at [email protected]


Your Role as an Advocate

Advocating for the nutrition profession is imperative to our success. Serving as a Grassroots Advocate can reap these many rewards, plus so much more.

  • Capture the attention of elected officials so they listen to our concerns on issues of importance.
  • Raise the level of awareness about causes and matters at all legislative levels.
  • Harness thoughts and ideas of members to help create change within public policy.
  • Use your knowledge, insights and experiences to educate legislators about important areas of the nutrition profession, i.e., healthcare coverage, food access and licensure.
  • Make a difference in our state and nation’s health and nutrition policy.