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October 22, 2017 - October 25, 2017
All Day
Time Details:
Registration Desk Opens on Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 at 2:00pm
Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
201 Broadway Ave
Normal, IL 61761
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39th IPELRA Annual Conference

Sunday, October 22

Use the Conference hashtag #IPELRA17 on Twitter!

Plan your conference schedule by viewing the 2017 IPELRA Annual Conference Brochure.

2017 Annual Conference Brochure We are excited to kick off our Conference on Monday morning with two exceptional plenary sessions: Our Keynote Speaker, State Representative and GOP Floor Leader -- Steve Andersson -- will offer a presentation on: 7 Steps to Turn Adversaries into Allies; followed by a workshop on Helping People Know When it’s Time to Leave conducted by Douglas Duckett (Duckett Law Firm). On Tuesday morning, Robert J. Smith, Jr. (IPELRA General Counsel and Partner, Clark Baird Smith LLP) will present a plenary session on An Update on Labor Trends in Illinois.

We are again presenting a Sunday afternoon Pre-Conference Workshop (at no extra charge to Conference registrants) on FMCS Mediation Skills conducted by Rosa Tiscareno (FMCS). And … as in past years, the 2017 Conference features an NPELRA Academy on Sunday; this year Academy II: The Grievance Arbitration Process (click here to register for Academy II). We are also excited to announce that we will again be offering the CLRP Exam following the close of the Conference on Wednesday. And ... don’t miss the President’s Welcome Reception on Sunday night, as well as the other networking opportunities throughout the three-day Conference.


  • To register and pay via check, HERE.
  • To register and pay online with a credit card, HERE (you will be redirected to the NPELRA website. Members should click on “existing customers” and will need their NPELRA user id and password to get the member rate. Non-members and organizational associates* of members should click on “new customers.”).
  • NPELRA's Academy II: The Grievance Arbitration Process training on October 22nd, requires a separate registration and registration fee. Please click HERE to be taken to NPELRA's Academy II registration page.

Member** (before 9/11/17) $375
Member** (after 9/11/17) $425
Non-Member* (before 9/11/17) $450
Non-Member* (after 9/11/17) $500
Single Day $150
Guest Fee***$100
  • *Organizational Associates of Members are other employees of the same employer as a current IPELRA member.   
  • **Member - the member fee is also available to organizational associates of members.
  • **Guest Fee - includes entry to all meals and events provided during the Conference to guest of registrants. Guest must register by contacting Debi Stensland directly at 847-378-7711.



Book your room at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center! Enjoy the convenience of staying in the same location as the Conference.

IPELRA room rate: $128 USD per night

Click here to book your room online.

If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, call 888-236-2427 and ask for the IPELRA Conference. Reservations will then ask for your preferred dates, etc.

If you have any issues when booking your room, please contact Debi Stensland, IPELRA Secretariat at 847-378-7711.

Book your room before 10/3/17 to get the IPELRA rate.

Please click HERE for more information on Sponsorship opportunities.