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IACO Spring Conference: May 10-12

Crowne Plaza || Springfield, IL  

Hotel Accommodations:  The room block at the Crowne Plaza is full - the Holiday Inn Express (connected to the Crowne) has rooms:
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2023 Spring Conference County Officials Registration: Click Here

 2023 Spring Conference Sponsor/Exhibitor Online Registration: Click Here
2023 Spring Conference Exhibitor Brochure

The IACO partnered with the Illinois Association of County Board members to host a training for newly elected officials in January. County officials from across the state gathered together in Springfield for leadership training on essential aspects of governing. Sessions focused on legal requirements of public office in addition to ethics compliance and human resource best practices. The  presentations from the sessions are available to you on their website at:

IACO Scholarships - APPLY NOW!  Applications are due no later than April 7, 2023. - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO April 14, 2023.
IACO Scholarships: Do you have a student entering a 2- or 4- year College, University, or Technical school in the Fall? Your membership to IACO qualifies your child or grandchild to apply for a $500 or $1000 scholarship! You can find an updated scholarship form by clicking HERE

Message from our President:

The time has finally come and I am thrilled to write you my first message as your 2023 IACO President! My name is Melissa Hurst and I am the Coles County Circuit Clerk. I have been in office for 10 years, but have worked in the courthouse since 1996. I want to thank Bobbi for the amazing job she did, and I am looking forward to building on the foundation of all the leaders that have come before me. We are going to make sure that IACO continues to be a resource that brings you valuable education while maintaining the FUN! We’ll start the fun by heading to the Island- GILLIGAN’S Island that is! So, start picking your favorite character and planning your outfit for the President’s Banquet! Unlike the classic show however, the IACO is all about working together and we will not let each other be stranded out to sea—literally or figuratively.

One thing that I have always appreciated about being a part of the IACO is the opportunity to learn from county officials from other counties with different needs and desires, as well as elected officials in various offices and roles. This year we are going to lean in to the value that comes when we come to the table ready to help one another solve the problems we all face regardless of party or politics.

My hope for this year is that each of you walk away with a feeling of camaraderie and a belief that the IACO is for YOU. I would love to see each and every one of you get involved with IACO. Are you passionate about education? Do you have an idea of something that you think would really help your fellow county officials? Is there something that you sit in your office and think, “If I just had adequate training or resources to ­­­­­­[___], my office would run much more smoothly.” If so, maybe you could join the education committee! Perhaps you feel passionate about the next generation of leaders? The scholarship committee could be a great fit for you. This is your organization and I would love to hear the gaps you need IACO to fill as you work for your constituents. Many hands make light work. Let’s all put our hands together and make work lighter for each other.

- Melissa Hurst, IACO President.

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IACO Spring Conference!


May 10-12, 2023
2023 IACO Spring Conference
Crowne Plaza - Springfield, IL