Power of Government | Conferences
Power of Government | Conferences

More than Your Average Conference Experience

Our Annual Conference Series is your backstage pass to companies, organizations, and government. Each conference is a series of interactive mini-events that change leadership for the better.

Power of Government

Power of Government

Get a complete picture of how state government works and how you can get involved.

April 4-7, 2017
State House Inn, Springfield IL

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Conference Overview

Learn how government works. This isn't a dry constitutional state overview. At Power of the Government, get to know legislative processes by meeting the people who make things happen. You can make a difference and have an active role in government and policy processes

Conference attendees get: 

  • A rare look inside state government processes.
  • Direct and personal access to government officials and influencers.
  • Involved in personal and candid conversations about public policy.
  • Motivated to make policy change happen at a local or state level.

  • My involvement in the 2009 class of Leadership Illinois provided me with an incredible boost of energy, insight into my next phase of concentration, and a group of lifelong colleagues and friends who I cherish and rely on.
    - Lori Gold Patterson, Class of 2009The

  • The Power of the Government conference opened doors and gave us experiences we would not have been able to have without Leadership Illinois. This glimpse into Illinois politics has inspired me to get more involved in my community and helped me realize that one person can make a difference and our voices will be heard.
    - Jacqueline Berger, Class of 2011

The Alumni Dinner


Guest Speaker:  Cindy Deadrick-Wolfer, LI Class of 1999, Candidate, State Representative 96th Illinois House District

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7:00 PM

Maldaner's Restaurant, 222 South 6th Street, Springfield, IL

Cost:  $55 Fellow (Dues paid) / $65 Alumni (Non-dues paid)

RSVP by Monday, April 11, 2016

The alumni dinner is a great way to meet the new class.  Their excitement and enthusiasm for Leadership Illinois is infectious -- bringing back all the memories of your first conference.  A time to connect and a time to be energized.

Please join us to hear speaker Cindy Deadrick-Wolfer, Leadership Illinois Class of 1999.  Cindy is the epitome of what Leadership Illinois stands for in being a catalyst for positive change in her community and workplace.  

Cindy has over 30 years of experience as a small business owner and manager in the areas of retail, event management, social fundraising/management and event management, and marketing and consulting.  She is the owner of three, long-time businesses in Decatur. Shop on Main, a independent women's clothing and gift boutique, opened in 1977.  Events Plus began operations in 1987 and is a full service event planning company.  In 1988, Cindy opened the doors of C. Deadrick Development which has been active in the social service arena with a focus on large scale fundraising and community promotion.  Two long-term events in Decatur, The Decatur Forsyth Classic, an LPGA Symetra Tour qualifying tournament and Come Together Let's Walk event focuses on education, awareness, and raising funds for the fight against ovarian, breast, and cervical cancer.

Cindy is now looking to expand her reach as a catalyst for positive change as she is a candidate for State Representative 96th Illinois House District!