2023 Downstate Chapter Conference

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Time 9:30am–12:45pm
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 - 2.5 Personal/Human Resources - Non Technical - 1.0 Finance – Technical - 2.5 Accounting (Governmental) - Technical - 1.5 Business Law - Technical - 1.5
NASBA CPE Earn 9.00 CPE Hours
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Event Description

Make plans to attend the 2023 Downstate Chapter Conference in Springfield, IL. Educational session topics include team development, active shooter, GATA, and much more! Attendees can earn about 8.5 CPE credit hours. The conference is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and network at the social event on Thursday evening at Saputo's! To view the agenda, session information and learning objectives, click on the conference program listed below.

Conference Program
Speaker Bios


Thursday, February 16, 2023

Session 1: Developing Your Team: Moving to the Next Level

Speaker: Katy Rush, Vice President, GovHR USA

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

Session 2: Smart Security for Smart Government: An Informational and Interactive Workshop

Speaker: Heidi Leonard, Senior Vice President, Government & Institutional Banking, Regions Bank

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

Session 3: Citizens Response to Active Shooter/Violent Incidents Events

Speakers: Sergeant Steven Formenti, Will County Sheriff’s Department and Deputy Jeff Jerz, Will County Sheriff’s Department

CPE: About 2.0 hours            Field of Study: Personal Development - Non-Technical and Personnel/Human Resources - Non-Technical       Level: Overview

Session 4: Legislative Update

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

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

Friday, February 17, 2023

Session 5: GATA Talk – What’s New with GATA

Speaker: Lori Beeler, CPA, CGMS, Grant Accountability and Transparency Unit Director, Illinois Governor's Office of Management and Budget

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

Session 6: Cost Savings and Revenue Optimization for your Organization

Speakers: Michelle Binns, Senior Managing Consultant, PFM Asset Management, David Cook, Executive Director, IPBC, Rachel Culp, Enterprise Fleet Management, Alyssa Hynes, Enterprise Fleet Management, and Jason Perry, President, Azavar Government Solutions

CPE: About 1.5 hours            Field of Study: Finance - 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 8.5 CPE Hours


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

For reservations call (217) 544-8800

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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CPE SponsorsCPE Registry Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State Boards of Accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

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