Because meetings scheduled close to holidays tend to get rescheduled, The Daily Line has provided the most readily available phone numbers and contact persons for each group wherever possible so that readers are able to verify these meetings’ continued intent to convene or more easily check for cancellations.


Monday, December 18

1:00 p.m. – Chicago – The House Appropriations-Human Services Committee will meet in C900 of the Bilandic Building for the final of three hearings on the state’s recently canceled $12 million contract with McKinsey and Company consulting, and the state’s massive medicaid overhaul. The meeting is the result of a re-schedule after a previous cancellation on the 12th. Chaired by Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), the committee previously heard from DHFS Director Felicia Norwood, who was grilled on the growing cost of the contract but who left before she could be called to respond to child welfare advocates and nursing home providers who dropped committee members’ jaws with their pleas for assistance.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Dolton – The Illinois Health Connection event, from Central Management Services, will be held at the Healthcare Consortium of Illinois penthouse on 1350 East Sibley Blvd. (in the U.S. Bank building) in Dolton, 60419. The event is a networking event for Prime Medicaid Managed Care companies  and sub-vendors. The state’s site says it to encourage the two to connect “along with continuing our commitment to the Governors E.O. 2016-08 of a mentor/protégé initiative. Prime Medicaid care companies have confirmed their participation for this event.” The event was organized by CMS Business Enterprise Program Outreach Manager Irma Lopez, and is free of charge. Eventbrite invite.


Tuesday, December 19

10:00 a.m. – Chicago – The House Transportation Regulation, Roads & Bridges Committee will meet in room C-600, on the 6th floor of the Bilandic building for a subject matter hearing on the cost of maintaining existing infrastructure. Oral testimony is expected from Clayton Harris of the Illinois International Port District, Joseph Szabo of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and Audrey Wennink from the Metropolitan Planning Council. Video coverage is expected from Blueroomstream.

1:00 p.m. – Springfield and Chicago – The Procurement Policy Board will meet in room 349C of the Stratton Office Building, 401 South Spring Street in Springfield and connected via video to the James R. Thompson Center, room 14-612, 100 West Randolph Street in Chicago. The group’s final 2017 meeting appears to be a light one. A legislative update will be preceded by a review of three leases–one in Chicago Heights for the Department of Corrections, and two for the Department of Human Services in Joliet and Carlinsville. Agenda.


Wednesday, December 20

6:00 p.m. – Chicago – The Small Business Advocacy Council will host “Hyde Park Happy Hour – The Perfect Storm of Economic Development,” a networking event to be held at Hyatt Place Chicago-South at 5225 South Harper Avenue. The event is free and free food will be available for early arrivals. Cash bar is available. The event is organized by Dwayne Hirsch, who serves on the Board of Directors, Executive Board, and Policy committees of the Small Business Advocacy Council. Program.


Thursday, December 21

10:00 a.m. – Springfield and Chicago – The Child Day Care Licensing Advisory Council will meet in dual locations and via teleconference. In Springfield, the group will convene at the Department of Children and Family Services Office at 406 E. Monroe Street, in the 7th floor conference room. The Chicago panel will meet in room 275 on the 6th floor of the Thompson Center. To join via teleconference, dial 888-494-4032 and use access number 1904761080#. Although the group was scheduled to meet on Aug. 17 and Oct. 19, the group has posted no public agenda or meeting minutes since June 15, and no public notice of cancellation for either meeting appears on their official website. Likewise, no agenda has yet been posted for the current meeting. Council contact information.

11:00 a.m. – Springfield and Chicago – The Illinois Pollution Control Board will hold its final meeting of 2017 in dual locations. In Springfield, the board will meet at the IPCB Office at 1021 N Grand Ave. E. in room 1244 N on the first floor. The Chicago meeting will be held in room 11-512 of the Thompson Center. An updated agenda has not yet been posted but is expected to be posted at the following link. Agenda update pending.

3:30 p.m. – Chicago – The Illinois Children & Family Services Advisory Council will meet in room 16-504 in the Thompson Center. The meeting can be joined via teleconference by dialing 888-494-4032 and using access number 1819480398. No agenda has yet been posted for the meeting. For more information, contact the communications office of the Department of Children and Family Services’ at 312-814-6847.


Tuesday, December 26

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Springfield and Chicago – At the time of The Daily Line’s Monday publication, the Business Enterprise Program Council is still scheduled to meet in dual locations and via teleconference. In Springfield, the group will in the Stratton Building, in toom 500 ½. The Chicago meeting is to be held Thompson Center, suite 2-025. Those wishing to attend via teleconference can dial 888-494-4032, and use access number 2587213722. For questions or further information, BEP Operations Manager Elias Ricks Ngwayah can be reached via email at or via phone at 312-814-5628. No agenda has been posted at this time.