2024 Downstate Chapter Conference

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Time 9:30am–12:45pm
Location B-N Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Ave
NormalIL 61761

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Delivery Method In Person
Field of Study Personal Development - Non Technical - 3.5 Personal/Human Resources - Non Technical - 1.0 Finance – Technical - 3.5 Accounting (Governmental) - Technical - 1.5 Business Law - Technical - 1.5
NASBA CPE Earn 11.00 CPE Hours
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Event Description

Make plans to attend the 2024 Downstate Chapter Conference at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal, IL. Attendees will enjoy a variety of educational session topics and have the opportunity to earn about 11.0 CPE credit hours. The conference is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and network! To view the agenda, session information and learning objectives, click on the conference program listed below.

Conference Program
Speaker Bios


Thursday, February 15, 2024

Session 1: How to Achieve the Ultimate Work-Life Balance without Sacrificing Your Career 

Speaker: Joana Ardelean, MSHRM, SHRM-CP, PHR, CC – Human Resources Executive, Coach, Speaker and Author

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

Session 2: IDOR: The Local Tax Allocation Division and Your Local Government

Speaker: Aaron Allen, Division Manager, Local Tax Allocation Division, Illinois Department of Revenue

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

Session 3: HR Fundamentals for Finance Folks

Speakers: Bill Hannah, Director of Finance, City of St. Charles and IGFOA Past President and Jennifer McMahon, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, City of St. Charles

CPE: About 1.0 hours     Field of Study: Personnel/Human Resources - Non-Technical       Level: Overview

Session 4: GASBs 87 and 96: Lessons Learned and How to Ensure a Successful Implementation

Speakers: Anthony Cervini, CPA, CFE, Partner-in-Charge, Government Services, Sikich LLP and Michael Malatt, CPA, Partner, Baker Tilly US, LLP

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

Session 5: The Fundamentals of Fraud Prevention

Speakers: Mike Doerr,VP Public Sector, Paymerang and Sierre Lindgren, Senior Fraud Analyst, Paymerang

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

Session 6: Dinner at the Marriott and Energy Leadership Workshop: Energy Leadership: A Path to Resilience

Speaker: Sarah Schillerstrom, Founder and President, SRSD Consulting

CPE: About 2.0 hours      Field of Study: Personal Development – Non-Technical      Level: Overview

Friday, February 16, 2024

Session 7: Legislative Update

Speaker: Brad Cole, Executive Director, Illinois Municipal League (IML)

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

Session 8: GFOA’s Budgeting Best Practices

Speaker: John Fishbein, Senior Program Manager, Technical Services, GFOA

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 11.0 CPE Hours


Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Ave, Normal, IL  61761

Conference attendees can book a room at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center for $139 per night, plus applicable state and local taxes. The last day to book a room in the room block is Monday, January 15, 2024. Click here to book a room

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 $50 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.

Approved by the National Registry of CPE Sponsors

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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