Registration for MLC Annual Meeting Extended to July 1

The Midwest's largest city is hosting the largest gathering of state and provincial legislators from the region. The 74th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference will be held July 21-24 in downtown Chicago. This four-day event will give the Midwest's legislators the chance to learn from one another, as well as renowned policy experts and featured speakers such as Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and best-selling author Jon Meacham.

The deadline to register for the meeting (to ensure a hotel room and not incur a late registration fee) is July 1.


Invitation from the 2019 MLC Chair: Illinois Sen. Elgie Sims, Jr.

The Illinois General Assembly and I are proud to be hosts of the 74th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference. We encourage you to take the opportunity to join colleagues from throughout the region on July 21-24 to discuss our common issues and to identify innovative policy solutions at our family-friendly conference — the only one of its kind designed by and for the Midwest’s state and provincial legislators. For legislators, the meeting will offer a mix of policy sessions on issues of importance to the region and its states and provinces, as well as an impressive list of distinguished speakers. For the guests of attendees, youth and adult daytime activities have been planned in the Chicago area, and we will have evening social events for all participants and their guests.
At the meeting, we will learn from each other and national policy experts, and will leave better equipped to address our respective jurisdictions’ policy challenges and opportunities. All the while, I hope you make the most of your opportunity to discover what makes Chicago a world-class city — and a great host city for our MLC Annual Meeting. Below are the information and links you'll need to take part in this one-of-a-kind event for the Midwest's state and provincial legislators.





MLC Annual Meeting Registration

There are two ways for attendees and guests to register for the MLC Annual Meeting: 1) online or 2) print out a PDF form and return it to the CSG Midwest office.


Option 1: Register online through CSG


Option 2: Print out PDF forms and return to CSG Midwest



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Registration Fees

Early Bird Rate (through May 10)
Regular Rate (May 11-July 1)
Late Rate (July 2-July 24)
Government $375 $425 $525
Government, First-Time Attendee $325 $375 $475
MLC Committee Officers $250 $250 $250
CSG Associate* $900 $1,000 $1,250
CSG Associate Leadership Circle* $900 $1,000 $1,250
Sponsor of $3,500 or More Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary
Additional Sponsor Registration or Less-than-$3,500 Sponsor $900 $1,000 $1,250
Private Sector Attendee $900 $1,000 $1,250
Nonprofit Organization Attendee $525 $575 $675
Spouse/Guest $175 $175 $175
Youth Complimentary Complimentary Complimentary
* CSG Associate and Leadership Circle member discounts are applied within the registration portal (discount code needed).



MLC Annual Meeting Hotel Reservations

This year's MLC Annual Meeting will be held at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. Meeting registration does not include accommodations; attendees must make their own hotel reservations. When booking a room at the host hotel, please mention the Midwestern Legislative Conference to receive the group rate ($199, taxes not included). July 1 is the deadline to reserve your accommodations at the host hotel. Reservations can be made by calling 312.836.0100 or 800.721.7033, or by following the link below.


Note: You must notify the hotel at check-in or prior to arrival if you are departing earlier than your original reservation; otherwise, the Marriott will charge an early-departure fee equal to a one-night stay.



MLC Annual Meeting: Featured Speakers and Other Highlights

The MLC Annual Meeting is designed by and for the Midwest’s state and provincial legislators. Its goal: Give attendees the opportunity to explore and advance public policy in a nonpartisan setting, with a mix of sessions led by experts, featured speakers and legislators themselves. This year's speakers include:


The MLC's six policy committees — on agriculture and natural resources, criminal justice and public safety, economic development, education, health and human services, and Midwest-Canada relations — will meet and provide programming to all attendees, and a plenary session will be built around the MLC Chair's Initiative of Illinois Sen. Elgie Sims, Jr.: State Strategies to Build Civic Engagement. The meeting will end with a professional development workshop for legislators.
Special evening social events for attendees and their guests will be held at the House of Blues, the Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium.




Activities for the Adult and Youth Guests of Attendees

The family-friendly MLC Annual Meeting offers activities for the spouses and adult guests of attendees, as well as separate programming for the children of attendees. This year's daytime activities for adults include an architecture tour along the Chicago River, as well as visits to the Chicago Art Institute and a tour of one of the city's best-known neighborhoods. Youth activities include visits to the Museum of Science and Industry, Soldier Field and the Shedd Aquarium, as well as a special event at a nearby AMC Dine-in Theater. Separate registration is required for the spouses, adult guests and children of attendees. Guest registration can be completed when attendees register for the meeting.




Travel and Tourism Information for Attendees


Hertz and Avis are offering special deals for MLC Annual Meeting attendees. These rates are available for pickups and drop-offs between July 14 and 31. For Hertz reservations, call 800.654.2240 and use discount number CV#03SM0014. For Avis reservations, call 800.331.1600 and use discount number J626839.


Parking Information
Self-parking at the Marriott costs $51 per day and is located at 50 East Ohio St. Valet parking is $61 per day and located at 541 North Rush St. Both options offer unlimited in-and-out privileges.


Traveling by Plane
Chicago has two airports, and taxi service is available at both O’Hare and Midway. The cost of a ride to the Marriott is about $55 from O’Hare and $36 from Midway. To ensure you have a licensed taxi driver, please be sure to use the taxi stands located at the lower-level curb front of these airports’ terminals. The Chicago Transit Authority also has train service from the airports to downtown.


Traveling by Train
Amtrak trains into Chicago arrive at Chicago's Union Station in downtown Chicago — approximately 2 miles from the host hotel.


Tourism Information
The city of Chicago and the state of Illinois offer many fun and interesting things to do. So plan to come early or stay late to take advantage of all there is to do. For example, consider traveling historic Route 66, visiting the Old State Capitol in Springfield, discovering Illinois' Wine Region, taking an outdoor adventure at Starved Rock State Park, and spending time in the charming small town of Galena.




The MLC Annual Meeting Contributor Program provides an opportunity for participating companies and organizations to support the MLC Annual Meeting. For information about this program, please contact CSG Midwest assistant director Ilene Grossman or call 630.925.1922.







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