IGFOA 2022 Downstate Chapter Conference

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Time 9:30am–12:00pm
Location President Abraham Lincoln Springfield
701 East Adams Street
SpringfieldIL 62701

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Delivery Method In Person
Field of Study Personal Development - Non Technical - 1.5 Personal/Human Resources - Non Technical - 1.5 Finance – Technical - 1.5 Information Technology – Technical -0.5 Accounting (Governmental) - Technical - 2.5 Business Law - Technical - 1.5
NASBA CPE Earn 9.00 CPE Hours
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Make plans to attend the IGFOA 2022 Downstate Chapter Conference in Springfield, IL. Session topics include a municipal bond market update, legislative update, effective goal setting, financial fraud schemes, challenges facing local governments, common reporting deficiencies, and operationalizing equity within your organization. Attendees will also enjoy an evening social event on Thursday evening at Saputo's.  Click here view the conference agenda and learning objectives. 


Conference session Overview

Thursday, February 17, 2022
Session 1 - Finance Officer or Firefighter: Stop Putting Out Fires with Effective Departmental Goal Setting

Speaker: James “Jim” Arndt, President/CEO of Arndt Municipal Support Inc.

Failure to prepare. Prepare to fail. You can choose to direct your daily, weekly, and monthly activities by setting achievable goals for you and your team or you can allow the daily ebb and flow to control your activities. The choice is yours?

CPE: About 1.5 hours            Field of Study: Personal Development – Non-Technical      Level: Overview

Session 2 - Illinois Municipal Bond Update

Speakers: Shelly Scinto, Of Counsel, Ice Miller LLP, Bob Vail, Director of Public Finance, Bernardi Securities, Inc., John Vezzetti, Vice President, Bernardi Securities, Inc., and Kevin Wills, Investment Banking Specialist, Bernardi Securities, Inc.

Join this panel for a discussion of current bond market trends, municipal bond issuance types for Illinois cities and villages, special service area and tax increment financing bonds, legislative updates, and pension obligation bonds.

CPE: About 1.0 hours            Field of Study: Finance – Technical              Level: Update

Session 3 - Financial Fraud Schemes: What You Should Know

Speaker: Randy Charles Wilborn, Vice President and Product Owner, Regions Bank Treasury Management Products and Services

This session will discuss common financial schemes used by fraudsters and perpetrators planning to steal money and data. Learn how these schemes, such as Business Email Compromise and Cyber Fraud are carried out and the best practices to help prevent your community from becoming a victim. Participants will also learn about trends related to fraudulent losses.

CPE: About 1.0 hours            Field of Study: Finance – Technical & Information Technology Technical           Level: Overview

Session 4 - The Top 3 Challenges in Local Government

Speakers: David Jelonek, CPA, Partner, GW & Associates, P.C. and John Wysocki, Partner-in-Charge, GW & Associates, P.C.

There are many challenges facing local governments. Some challenges are shared among departments, others are not. This session will focus on the top challenges facing local governments from an audit perspective. From new GASB pronouncements to changes in funding sources, from the pandemic to audit preparedness, finance departments across Illinois face an environment of constant change and growing uncertainty. This session will address these topics and others.

CPE: About 1.0 hours            Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental) – Technical     Level: Overview

Session 5 - Legislative Update

Speaker: Brad Cole, Executive Director, Illinois Municipal League (IML) and William D. McCarty II, Director – Office of Budget and Management, City of Springfield, IGFOA President and Legislative Committee Chair

This session will provide participants with an update on State legislative matters relevant to Illinois local governments.

CPE: About 1.5 hours            Field of Study: Business Law – Technical    Level: Update

Friday, February 18, 2022
Session 6 - Common Reporting Deficiencies and How to Avoid Them

Speaker: Anthony Cervini, CPA, CFE Partner-in-Charge, Government Services, Sikich LLP

Tired of getting the same comments every year from GFOA or looking to ensure your report is free from some of the most frequently noted errors? Are you considering submitting your government’s financial report for the GFOA award, but unsure whether it would be accepted? Worry no more as this session will discuss the most common deficiencies seen in governmental financial statements and how to avoid them. Learn how to ensure your Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) submission is accepted and receives the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. If you’re still not ready to prepare an ACFR, this session will discuss the other GFOA award programs – one might be just right for your government!

CPE: About 1.5 hours            Field of Study: Accounting (Governmental) – Technical     Level: Overview

Session 7 - Inclusion, Accountability, and Transparency: How to Operationalize Equity within Your Organization

Speaker: Kimberly Richardson, Assistant City Manager, City of Peoria

By starting from the internal environment of an organization and building a “learn-pilot-act-learn” culture based on equity approaches, learn how to strengthen government operations in order to respond comprehensively and collaboratively to the needs of your community.

CPE: About 1.5 hours            Field of Study: Personal/Human Resources – Non-Technical      Level: Overview 

Delivery methodGroup-Live
Program Level: 
Refer to session information listed above.
No prerequisites required
Advanced Preparation
No advanced preparation required
Field of Study:
Refer to session information listed above.
Earn about 9.0 CPE Hours



President Abraham Lincoln Springfield, A DoubleTree Hotel
701 East Adams Street, Springfield IL  62701

For reservations call (217) 544-8800 or visit www.dtspringfieldil.com

Presented by the Downstate chapter

Registration & Cancellation Policy

Payments by check should be mailed in advance or made at time of registration by credit card. 

Cancellation of an event registration is subject to the following policy:
• No refunds will be given for cancellations the day of the event and no shows.
• For IGFOA event registration cancellations five (5) business days or more prior to an event, refunds will be offset by a $20 cancellation fee. 
• For IGFOA event registration cancellations within five (5) business days of the training, refunds will be offset by a cancellation fee of 50% of the registration fee.
• A substitute attendee may be designated provided that the payment has been made and the IGFOA office has been notified in advance.
• Cancellation policy for chapter events may differ from this policy at the chapters’ discretion. 
• A written request for a refund must be emailed to the IGFOA prior to the event.

By submitting this registration, the applicant agrees to the registration and cancellation policy above.

IGFOA reserves the right to modify the agenda and/or speakers, cancel the training due to low enrollment, or to close registration if full.   Should IGFOA cancel an event, cancellation notice will be sent to the email address provided by each registrant and prominently posted at the IGFOA website page announcing the event.

If you have questions about the cancellation and refund policy, your membership, or a complaint, please contact IGFOA at 630-942-6587. The IGFOA reserves the right to apply the non-member fee to any individual or government that has not paid dues for the current year.

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