Hotel reservations for spring conference must be made by March 14; registration due March 22

ICCJA members have until Thursday, March 14, to make hotel reservations at the Springfield Hilton for the April 4-5 spring conference.

Reservations can be made by calling 217.789.1530 or by going through the hotel’s Web site,

The ICCJA room rate will be $95 for singles and doubles, $110 for triple occupancy and $125 for quad occupancy. Each room will get one free parking pass. The Hilton is located across the street from the hotel ICCJA used in 2009 in Springfield.

Conference-goers also must register for the convention with John Ryan, ICCJA executive director, before March 22. Registration is $30 per person for advisers and students. ICCJA members must also pay $50 dues for 2013 to attend the conference and to receive any awards given at the awards luncheon at the close of the spring conference.

Ryan can be reached at or by calling 217.581.7939.

The hotel is located three blocks from the Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library and about five blocks from the Lincoln Home.On Thursday afternoon, April 4, attendees will register for the conference by picking up name tags and programs and then will tour the Lincoln museum. When registering for the convention, ICCJA members must select what tour of the Lincoln museum they wish to go on — the 1:45 p.m. or 3:15 p.m. tour.

A keynote address by a member of the Springfield press corps will take place about 5 p.m. April 4. Other sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday morning, April 5, before the awards luncheon at noon.

Winners of the 2012-2013 editorial contest will be announced at the luncheon.


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