Advocacy Day

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

7:00 AM-7:00 PM

The regular legislative session is over, but lawmakers will be in Springfield this November for a special veto session, which provides the last opportunity to pass new legislation in 2018.

Restore Justice will be leading a trip to Springfield on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. Join us as we educate legislators about criminal justice reform and advocate for the return of second chances in Illinois.

Attendees will receive coaching and materials to help them seek out and effectively speak with legislators and will be paired with experienced advocates as they navigate the capitol.

Meals will be provided and transportation to and from Springfield will be available. All participants will also receive a Restore Justice t-shirt designed by a current Illinois inmate.


Free transportation will be provided for participants traveling to Springfield from Chicago. Group transport will depart from the following locations:


Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
5114 S Elizabeth St
Chicago, IL 60609

Check-in: 6:30 AM
Departure: 7:00 AM
Return: 7:00 PM


Hodgkins Shopping Center
9350 Joliet Rd
Hodgkins, IL 60525

Check-in: 7:00 AM
Departure: 7:30 AM
Return: 6:00 PM


6:30 AM
Check-in Begins in Chicago (Location 1)
7:00 AM
7:30 AM
Depart from Chicago (Location 1)
Check-in Begins in Hodgkins (Location 2)
8:00 AM
Depart from  Hodgkins (Location 2)

A light breakfast and boxed lunches will be available for attendees en route to Springfield.

11:00 – 11:30 AM
Arrive in Springfield

Participants will meet in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol building (401 S 2nd St, Springfield, IL) upon arrival for a brief orientation.

11:00 – 2:30 PM
Meet with Legislators

Working in small teams, participants will seek out and educate legislators on issues relating to criminal justice reform. Fact sheets and other materials will be provided.

3:00 PM
Regroup and Debrief

Participants will reconvene to share their experiences.

3:15 PM
Depart Springfield
6:15 PM
Arrive in Hodgkins
7:15 PM
Arrive in Chicago

Advocacy day concludes.

*This itinerary is subject to change. Advocacy day registrants will receive a final copy of the itinerary by close of business on Monday, November 12, 2018.


Unable to attend this advocacy day, but want to join Restore Justice for future advocacy visits? Sign up to join our Advocacy Team!

Throughout the legislative session, Restore Justice makes a concerted effort to meet with legislators—in their district offices and in Springfield—to educate them about our policy platform and the need for comprehensive, compassionate reform throughout the Illinois criminal justice system.

These visits are most effective when we are able to include a wide array of individuals and constituents. Advocacy Team members are our first call for these targeted meetings and other strategic initiatives.

Are you passionate about criminal justice reform? Want to improve conditions for Illinois prisoners and their families? Do you believe in the need for second chances? Sign up today!

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