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


Our next Advocacy Day is February 5, 2020. 

Join Restore Justice in Springfield on February 5 to advocate for policies that would alleviate costs and other burdens for people with incarcerated loved ones. We need your help asking lawmakers to support SB 2311, which would establish a statewide contact within the Illinois Department of Corrections for family members and other visitors of inmates. Currently, those with incarcerated loved ones must rely on staff at a particular facility to address visitation issues, including conflicts, concerns with staff behavior, or questions. We will also garner support for HB 3986. This measure would create more competition for vending machine contracts and, thus, reduce the costs of food in IDOC visiting rooms.

Attendees receive coaching and materials to help them seek out and effectively speak with legislators. They 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.

Pick-Up Location 1

Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
5114 S Elizabeth St
Chicago, IL 60609
Depart: 7:00 AM
Return: 7:00 PM


Pick-Up Location 2

Hodgkins Shopping Center
9350 Joliet Rd
Hodgkins, IL 60525
Depart: 7:30 AM
Return: roughly 7:00 PM



Below is a typical Advocacy Day itinerary.

7:00 AM
Depart (Location 1)

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

7:30 AM
Depart (Location 2)
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 Location 2
7:15 PM
Arrive in Location 1

Advocacy day concludes.

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