Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

February 22 and 23, 2023

President Abraham Lincoln Hotel

Springfield, Illinois

Presented by

Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

Western Illinois University

in conjunction with

Governor's Rural Affairs Council

Chaired by Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton


Rural Partners

Early Bird Rate

Early Bird Rate: $175.00 per person for registrations postmarked by February 3, 2023. The registration rate after February 3 and for registrations at the door is $200.00 per person. The registration fee includes networking opportunities Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, lunch on Wednesday, a continental breakfast on Thursday, and breaks on both days. Register online at


President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E. Adams, Springfield, Illinois, 62701; (217) 544-8800. If making reservations online, please register at”.


Rooms at reduced rates have been set aside for conference participants at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, Springfield, IL. Rates per night are $85.00 (single) and $100 (double). Room reservations are subject to availability; to receive this rate reservations must be made by February 04, 2020. For reservations call (217) 544-8800. Be sure to ask for the Rural Community Economic Development Conference rate.


The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs will provide a free parking pass for those staying at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel. *Must park in the self-parking garage adjoined to the hotel.


Call Sandy Wittig at (309) 298-2637, or send an e-mail to