Advocacy Day

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Restore Justice leads one to two trips to Springfield each legislative session. Join us on a trip to educate legislators about criminal justice reform and advocate for the return of second chances in Illinois.

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

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


Free transportation is provided for participants traveling to Springfield from Chicago. Group transport has historically departed from the following locations:


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


Hodgkins Shopping Center
9350 Joliet Rd
Hodgkins, IL 60525


Below is a sample itinerary from 2018.

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


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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