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Springfield, Illinois - May 13-14, 2005

This Wrightslaw Boot Camp is sponsored by Illinois Federation of Families

Renaissance Springfield HotelRenaissance Hotel
701 East Adams
Springfield IL 62701
Phone # 217-544-8800 Fax # 217-544-9607

Registration information may be obtained by calling Illinois Federation of Families (618) 658-2059 between 9 am and 5 pm.

Registration fee is $150.00 and includes continental breakfast and lunch and snacks for both days, two books - Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, written by Pam and Pete Wright and a copy of the Illinois State regs.

Download the registration form today!

CEU's and CPDU's are availalbe.

Detailed directions are available at mapquest.com. Fill in your personal information and Renaissance Hotel, 701 East Adams, Springfield IL 62701 and you will be on your way.

Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, 1200 Capital Airport Drive, Springfield, IL 62707

If you are looking for a place to eat out in Springfield see the list below.

  • Bianco's Supper Club Italian and American cuisine.
  • Incredibly Delicious artisanal handmade breads, French pastries, desserts, and coffee bar.
  • Bombay Bicycle Club American and International cuisine.
  • Hunan Chinese
  • Tai Pan Chinese
  • Best Buffet Chinese and American Buffet.
  • Augie's Front Burner American cuisine.
  • Olive Tree American, Indian, and Italian cuisine.
  • Arturo's restaurant located in historic downtown Springfield.
  • Applebee's Grill & Bar

The Illinois state capital, Springfield, spreads out from a neat, leafy downtown grid, 199 miles south of Chicago. Abraham Lincoln honed his legal and political skills here, and tourists flock to his old homes, haunts and final resting place. What they find is neither tacky nor pompous. The sites portray the life of the sixteenth president of the USA and, as well, the uncertainty and turmoil of a nation on the brink of civil war.

Twenty miles northwest of Springfield on Hwy-97, Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site marks where the future president first came to live in this area in 1831. In this backwoods clearing he clerked in a store, volunteered for the Black Hawk War, served as postmaster and failed in business before taking up legal studies and moving to Springfield to pursue his political career. Today the authentically re-created village features simple homes, workshops, a store and a tavern. The visitor center hosts a worthwhile exhibit on pioneer lifestyles (March–Oct daily 9am–5pm; Nov–Feb daily 8am–4pm). On summer weekends the park presents Abraham!, a musical that dramatizes Lincoln's New Salem years.

Pick up tickets at the Lincoln Home Visitor Center, at Eighth and Jackson in Springfield itself, for a narrated tour of the only house Lincoln ever owned, which he shared with his wife Mary from 1844 to 1861. Though tours are free (daily 8.30am–5pm, though often later; tel 217/523-0222), you can expect to wait. Various displays and a brief film at the visitor center are good ways to pass time.

In the restored Greek Revival Old State Capitol, three blocks away at Sixth and Adams (March–Oct daily 9am–5pm; Nov–Feb daily 9am–4pm; free; Tel 217/785-7960), Lincoln attended at least 240 Supreme Court hearings, and proclaimed in 1858, "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently, half slave and half free." Objects, busts and papers relating to Lincoln and the Democrat Stephen A. Douglas, whom he debated in the 1858 US Senate election (Douglas won that election) and whom he defeated in the 1860 presidential election, can be found throughout the building. At the tastefully renovated Lincoln Depot on Tenth and Monroe (April–Aug daily 10am–4pm; free), the newly elected president said goodbye to Springfield in February 1861 and boarded a train for his inauguration in Washington, DC (a slide show illustrates the twelve-day journey). The next time he returned was in his funeral train. Lincoln's Tomb stands in Oak Ridge Cemetery on the north side of town. The vault, adorned with busts and statuettes, is open to the public (March–Oct daily 9am–5pm; Nov–Feb daily 9am–4pm; free).

At the current Illinois State Capitol, in majestic limestone at Second and Capitol, tour highlights include the chambers of the state Senate and House of Representatives, in striking red and blue, respectively (Mon–Fri 8am–4pm; free; Tel 217/782-2099). The Illinois State Museum, on Spring and Edwards, is crammed with natural history and Native American and contemporary art exhibits, along with the interactive "At Home in the Heartland" display tracing Illinois family life from 1700 to 1970 (Mon–Sat 8.30am–5pm, Sun noon–5pm; free). The Dana–Thomas House, 301 E Lawrence Ave, completed in 1904, survives as the best-preserved and most completely furnished example of Frank Lloyd Wright's early Prairie house, with more than four hundred pieces of glasswork, original art and light fixtures (tours Wed–Sun 9am–4pm; $3). Just north of town, Bill Shea proudly displays 50 years' worth of road signs, gas pumps, and Route 66 memorabilia at Shea's Gas Station Museum (Tues–Fri 9am–4pm, Sat 9am–noon; free).

Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

We built the Illinois Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities so people can get reliable information and support. The state Yellow Pages has many helpful resources - evaluators, educational consultants, academic tutors, support groups, grassroots organizations, advocates, attorneys and others who help parents get services for their children.

If you provide a service, sign up to be listed on the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities - this is a free service from Wrightslaw.

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