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March 12th-14th 2020
iHotel & Conference Center, Champaign Illinois

  iHotel & Conference Center, Champaign Illinois

Experience the utmost in comfort and luxury at the I Hotel and Conference Center, providing a warm and friendly service, in a facility unlike any other in the Champaign-Urbana area. Guests can enjoy an array of amenities and services both within the hotel and throughout the local community. Reserve your hotel room by clicking this link: Any guests making reservations by phone at 217-819-5000 need only mention the block code [ILMA2020] or block title, “IL Lakes Management Association” to any Guest Service Agents. Special rate will be available until 2/11/20.


Online Conference registration is OPEN

There will be two methods of registration: online, and mail-in form.

Online registration uses Paypal, which accepts major Credit Cards.

Mail-in form will need a form of payment included, (Check or money order).

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  Call For Presenters

The Illinois Lake Management Association is hosting its 35th Annual Conference at the iHotel & Conference Center in Champaign, Illinois from March 12 through March 14, 2020.

In addition to presentations, an optional special poster session will be held one evening.


Online Exhibitor Registration is now available!

Exhibitor registration will includes exhibit space (8x8 foot wide booth) with skirted table, electricity, meals, breaks, Exhibitor Reception, all program materials, and a Corporate ILMA Membership good for one year. 

Promotional Opportunities Conference Exhibitors have an option to make a contribution to help underwrite the cost of the social gatherings.  All Sponsors will receive special recognition in the Conference Program, as well as throughout the Conference.

Program Advertising Exhibitors will have the option to promote their business through advertisement within the Conference Program distributed to all attendees.

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  Additional Information

Photo Contest: Don’t forget to capture a great photo this summer! At each conference you can cast your vote for the ILMA photograph of the year. Photos will be on display near the raffle items. The winner will receive $50 and will be featured on the next conference program.

Name Tags: Attendees need to wear their nametag during the conference. Nametags are both a ‘ticket’ for conference meals and events, and helpful for sparking conversations with faces you don’t know.

Raffle Items: An auction raffle will be held one evening during the conference. It only takes one ticket to win, but your odds only get better with more tickets! All proceeds go towards the ILMA scholarship.

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speaker: Doug Blodgett, The Nature Conservancy Come join us to hear Doug talk about “The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Project: Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature and People”. Doug Blodgett is the Director of River Conservation for the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. He is involved in research related to large river ecology, restoration and management and works on “reconnecting rivers with their floodplains”.

Technical Sessions (March 12-13th): Technical sessions, including Doug Blodgett’s keynote address, will be held on Thursday and Friday. Most sessions will run in concurrent pairs. The sessions are 90 minutes long, typically with three separate presenters; however, some will be in a panel format. Technical sessions include: Back to the Basics (Lakes 101), Shoreline Stabilization, Nutrient and Watershed Issues, Fisheries, HOA Panel Discussion, Dredging, Monitoring, Aquatic Plants and more!

Workshops (March 13-14th): Two workshops will take place at the conference. One workshop will be held on March 13th and focus on Rain Gardens for Homeowners and the second workshop will be held Marth 14th and will be on Aquatic Invasive Species Identification. See program session flyer with presentation times and workshops descriptions.

Professional Development Hours: PDHs will be provided for those who attend the 2-day conference sessions and/or the workshops. IEPA class ID numbers will be provided for operator certification.

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Past Conference Locations

  • 1986 DeKalb
  • 1987 Peoria
  • 1988 Rockford
  • 1989 Springfield
  • 1990 Lisle
  • 1991 Champaign
  • 1992 Rockford
  • 1993 St. Charles
  • 1994 Decatur
  • 1995 Naperville
  • 1996 Naperville
  • 1997 Decatur
  • 1998 Rockford
  • 1999 Rockford
  • 2000 Peoria
  • 2001 Peoria
  • 2002 Rockford
  • 2003 Bloomington
  • 2004 Glencoe
  • 2005 Moline
  • 2006 Lake Shelbyville
  • 2007 St. Charles
  • 2008 Springfield
  • 2009 Peoria
  • 2010 Naperville
  • 2011 Peoria
  • 2012 DeKalb
  • 2013 Bloomington
  • 2014 Sandwich
  • 2015 DeKalb
  • 2016 Springfield
  • 2017 Crystal Lake
  • 2018 Bloomington
  • 2019 Crystal Lake