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How Do I Prepare?

I'M COMING! How Do I Prepare?

  1. Register for the event!
  2. Identify your legislators.
  3. Make an appointment to meet with your State Representative and Senator. Here are some reminders:
    1. Make sure you make the appointment at their Springfield office.
    2. Make the appointment between 1:00-3:00 on Thursday, May 9.
    3. If you can't make an appointment, you may still have the opportunity to meet briefly with your legislators by paging them from the floor; the morning session will clarify this process.

I CAN'T COME! How Can I Participate?

Speak to Springfield!

  1. Call your lawmaker and provide your name, address, city, and zip code.
  2. Tell the staffer that you do not need a response.
  3. Tell the staffer, "I am in favor of _________" or "I am opposed to _________." (Give your opinion on one issue per day.)
  4. Say thank you and be nice. (Staffers receive thousands of phone calls and record comments from constituents daily.)

Email, write or visit district offices

  1. Share your name, congregation, your affiliation with LSSI, and if you are a constituent.
  2. State the problem, the solution, and why you care.
  3. Ask if the legislator will support the specific legislation you are advocating for.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Lutheran Day?

Lutheran Day 2019 will take place on Thursday May 9, 2019 in Springfield, Illinois. In the morning, we will meet at St. John's Lutheran Church located at 2477 W Washington St.

What should I bring with me to Lutheran Day?

Many people bring a pen and notebook to take notes. You might what to bring a purse or backpack to hold your items. Please note that entrance into the Capitol is through a metal detector.

How should I dress?

Business casual attire is preferred. You will be doing a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are a must!

Do I need to bring lunch?

You do not need to bring food with you, unless you have a special diet and prefer to bring your own. There will be a light continental breakfast available when you arrive, with juice and plenty of coffee! Lunch will be served in a to-go box. This will be a combination of a sandwich, chips, and a drink (soda or bottled water). You can eat your lunch at St. John's or you can take it with you to the Capitol.

How is the morning planned out?

We will be meeting in the Parish Life Center of St. John's Lutheran Church. Upon walking in, you will check in with our registration table and get a program and a name tag.

There will be a light continental breakfast with juice, water, and coffee. You can help yourself and then find a seat. The Parish Life Center has round tables in a comfortable environment.

In the morning, you will hear from experts in the legislation that we are advocating for. You will be able to listen, take notes, and ask questions. An optional session will be available for individuals who have not met with legislators previously to provide guidance on what to expect and how to productively structure the meeting for greatest impact.

What happens in the afternoon?

You will travel to the Capitol and meet with your legislators. If you haven't made your appointments, you can go to their offices to speak with them directly. If they are in a meeting, you can pull them out to talk. Clear instructions on this process will be given in the morning session.

At 3:30 p.m., we will gather in the Rotunda of the Capitol for a prayer service and for the Paul Simon Courage in Public Service Award ceremony. Immediately following that, we will take a group photo.

What about parking?

Parking is ample at St. John's. There is also metered parking around the Capitol, so bring quarters. We encourage you to leave your car parked at St. John's and carpool to the capitol. A carpooling arrangement will be organized for the afternoon with parking at a church near the capitol. Detailed instructions for this will be given at the morning session.