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Renewing Illinois Summit

Our 2022 Renewing Illinois Summit was held on the SIU Carbondale campus on September 29 and 30.  Check back for information on future Renewing Illinois Summits.

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Our annual Renewing Illinois Summit brings together Illinois college students to discuss and debate creative solutions to revitalize the Prairie State. 

We had planned to consider the One Illinois theme at our 2020 summit, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We invited Illinois General Assembly leadership to submit their perspectives on our guiding question: Is One Illinois a noble aspiration or impossible dream? We published those perspectives, along with historical and travel essays, in a Renewing Illinois Booklet. We also created an Illinois 101 Recommended Reading List — a collection of essential reading to gain a deeper understanding of our state.

Our inaugural summit was held in 2019 with the theme Renewing Illinois: Ambitious Dreams and Practical Steps to Revive the Prairie State. Thirty-five students from nine Illinois colleges and universities brought penetrating insights to create suggestions for reforms and renewal. Read the 2019 summit findings.

Download the 2019 Renewing Illinois Booklet provided to the participants prior to summit.