Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a technology that is set apart from other information technologies by the need to identify 'where' or location. Our members have diverse interests, but share similar geospatial challenges. ILGISA brings together the GIS community of the State of Illinois through biannual conferences and the publication of Illinois GIS Notes. 

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The Illinois GIS Association Annual Conference will be held on October 27 - 29, 2014 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, Illinois, 60532.  Registration information will be available soon.

Call for Content - Conference, Workshop, Regional Meeting

Share your knowledge and expertise as a presenter at the ILGISA Conference. Click on the link below to submit a presentation proposal for a workshop, session, poster competition, or a 5 minute lightning talk.    To submit a presentation, complete the Call for Content Form.  

Sign-up to Sponsor and Exhibit at the ILGISA 2014 Annual Conference

The Illinois GIS Association registration to sponsor and exhibit at the 2014 Annual Conference is open.

For detailed information on Sponsorship and Exhibit opportunities and registration form, CLICK HERE.


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ILGISA Regional Meetings

The Illinois GIS Association presents

GIS: The Benefits, The Savings, and How to Get it Done

May 28, 2014
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Kluthe Center for Higher Education & Technology
1204 Network Center Blvd., Effingham, IL 62401

Meet with industry leaders in GIS mapping and how they are successfully leveraging geospatial mapping technology in developing more efficient organizations.  Specific issues will highlight the development, staffing and return on investment for city, county, and utility agencies/organizations using GIS technology in Illinois.

The primary audience for the event are administrators, managers, and technicians working in organizations using or planning on leveraging GIS technology in the near future.  GIS leaders in specific industries will highlight, cover, and detail using their extensive work history with geospatial technology valuable lessons relating to the following:

1.  How do you build a GIS?
2.  What are the typical cost and staffing challenges with leveraging GIS?
3.  What measures and metrics can you use to quantify the return of investment (ROI) for using GIS technology?

Guest Speakers
Mike Rudibaugh, Ph.D. (Economic Geography), Co-PI Geospatial Technology Advantage (National Science Foundation), Lake Land College
Kelly Lockhart, Executive Director, Coles County Regional Planning Commission
Bill Teichmiller, CEO, EJ Water Cooperative, Inc.
Mark Toalson, IT Director, City of Champaign
Thomas J. Tym, Principal/Senior Project Manager,  Ruekert-Mielke



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Breaking New Ground in 2014

As spring is coming around the corner, we have received a few questions from the membership about moving to a single conference and overall program offerings from the Association.

As announced last October, the ILGISA Board of Directors strategically decided to move to a single annual conference.  As part of the decision making process, the Board of Directors sought input from the membership through the Membership Survey released last spring, the Vendor Involvement Program meeting last summer, the Membership Conference Preferences Survey in the fall, and from our new association management firm CM Services.  Directors also closely evaluated conference attendance, levels of satisfaction, diversity of session and workshop offerings, and overall membership benefits.

We are excited about this change, as it will allow us to systematically improve program offerings to GIS professionals throughout the state.  As a result, the Board of Directors is focusing on three core programs; an annual conference, regional meetings, and webinars.  The annual conference will grow to a 3-day event and offer increased training opportunities, networking programs, and a more fluid schedule.  Regional meetings throughout the state will partner with local colleges and universities, the business community, and GIS professionals to generate local networks of GIS communities.  The webinar series is under redevelopment to offer an expanded selection of training workshops and will be broadcast in the months between the conference and regional meetings.

Together, these programs are designed to provide year round benefits with the flexibility needed by the GIS professional of Illinois.  Keep a close eye on the monthly ILGISA Association News email for details on these events.  We look forward to seeing you there!


Keith Nightlinger
ILGISA President

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ILGISA Call for Board of Directors Nominations

The Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) Nominating Committee is seeking members who are interested in serving on the Board of Directors. There will be four openings on the ILGISA Board: President-Elect and three Board of Directors. Nominations for the 2014-15 ILGISA Board of Directors are due no later than July 10, 2014.

For additional information on the Illinois GIS Association, please review the ILGISA Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, and Strategic Plan.

 If interested, please complete the NOMINATION FORM and submit to

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Nominate an individual or group that has contributed to the betterment of GIS in the State of Illinois

The Illinois GIS Association is currently accepting nominations for the Dahlberg Distinguished Achievement Award, Hilton Distinguished Collaboration Award, Service Award, and Outstanding Student Award. The awards will be presented at the 2014 ILGISA Annual Conference. The Annual Conference will be held on October 27 - 29, 2014 at the Hilton Lisle/Naperville, Lisle, IL. If you have a nomination in mind, please present your nomination here.

Deadline to submit nominations is July 1, 2014.

The Dahlberg Distinguished Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the development and advancement of geographic information systems. This award was named after Dr. Richard Dahlberg.

Two persons received the distinguished Achievement Award before it was named for Dr. Richard Dahlberg. In fact, Dick Dahlberg was the second person to receive the award. The Award was named for him after his passing in December 1996. Read more . . .

Hilton Distinguished Collaboration Award was established in 2010 in memory of Founding Member, Richard Hilton. This award is presented to an individual for extraordinary service to the GIS community in the advancement of coordination between GIS professionals. This award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the promotion of cooperation within our community and with the people in which we serve. Read more . . .

The Service Award is presented to an individual or organization which has provided exemplary professional service or support to the GIS community. Read more . . .

The Outstanding Student Award is presented to an undergraduate student of any major who has included GIS in their course of study, and has demonstrated exemplary proficiency and understanding of GIS, potential contribution to the GIS Community, and general success in school. Read more . . .

For more information about ILGISA Awards and the selection process, please contact Honors Committee Chair Ryan Meekma.



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ILGISA Site Analysis Map Competition

The Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) is calling upon the membership, GIS students, and practitioners throughout the state to assist us in determining the optimal location to hold annual conferences and regional workshops. 

Competition Details
Illinois GIS Association (ILGISA) is changing its conference format.  Beginning in 2014 ILGISA will hold one annual conference and three regional workshops.  ILGISA plans to periodically change the location of the annual conference to different regions of the State.  The location of the conference will impact the locations of the regional meetings.  Contest participants are asked to determine the optimal location for the annual conference and three regional meetings for the following two scenarios. 
                                 Scenario 1:  Annual Conference Site North of Kankakee
                                 Scenario 2:  Annual Conference Site South of Kankakee
For each scenario four locations should be chosen, one location for the Annual Conference and three locations for the smaller regional meetings. 

For additional instructions and information on how to enter, click here.

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ILGISA Board of Directors Adopts 2014-2016 Strategic Plan

During their December 11, 2013 meeting, the Board of Directors approved the 2014-2016 Strategic Plan for ILGISA.  The Board updated the ILGISA mission to state:
ILGISA advances the understanding, communication, and effectiveness of geospatial technology in Illinois.

Three-Year Priorities in the Strategic Plan are

1. Improve member programs and services.
2. Enhance and increase frequency of communication with and amongst membership.
3. Create a diverse membership.
4. Foster a sense of community and shared knowledge among geospatial technology users.
5. Build on partnership with CM Services, Inc.

Read more . . .

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Webinar Submissions Being Accepted  

Anyone interested in presenting a webinar can complete the following SUBMISSION FORM


Check out the committee page to see if you are interested in working on a committee.  If duty calls, contact the chair of the committee or submit your name to the Executive Director.

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Information about the change in ILGISA association management
Please note new address and contact information for ILGISA

Illinois GIS Association
800 Roosevelt Road
Building C Suite 312
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Phone: 630-942-6584