2021 Annual Conference Highlights

NACo Executive Director Attends UCCI 2021 Annual Conference

UCCI was honored to have Mr. Matt ChaseNACo Executive Director, attend their Annual Conference recently held at Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena, Illinois. 

Mr. Chase’s attendance at the July conference was not only as a guest, but as an active participant.  During his education seminar presentation, UCCI members were provided an in-depth overview of the U.S. Treasury’s Fiscal Recovery Fund Guidance … how to register and request recovery funds, key use of funds and reporting dates, defining eligible and ineligible uses.

UCCI was also honored to have Ms. Denise Winfrey, NACo First Vice President (Will County, Illinois), and Mr. Tracy Graham, NACo Central Region Representative (Audrain County, Missouri Associate Commissioner), join Mr. Chase as our guests.  

On behalf of our membership, the UCCI Executive Committee thanks our honored guests for taking the time from their busy schedules to attend this year’s conference and to all the NACo staff for their support and assistance throughout the year. 

Pictured left to right: P.E. Cross (Hamilton County); David Zimmerman (Tazewell County); David Meyer (Washington County); Matt Chase/Denise Winfrey; Matthew Prochaska (Kendall County); Samuel Newton (Stephenson County); and, Joseph Payette (Carroll County).Not pictured Mark Kern (St. Clair County)



Representatives from approximately 40 counties attended the 2021 Annual Conference held on July 26th & 27th at Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena. 

The conference kicked off with a ‘meet & greet’ reception, providing attendees the opportunity to meet with county board members from across the state, discuss issues impacting units of local government, and learn how other counties are addressing the diverse challenges of serving their constituents and communities.

Following Monday morning's UCCI membership meeting, attendees enjoyed lunch and either a round of golf or an afternoon event for our non-golfers.  The day's events concluded with a reception and banquet … an evening of conversation between old and new-found friends, some fun giveaways and musical entertainment. 


      Banquet pictures


Tuesday’s education seminar included presentations on three interesting and timely topics.

  • The Changing Face of the Court System: Access to Justice, Court Fees, Cash Bail, and Funding the Courts
    Jacque Huddleston, Court Services Manager, Administrative Office of Illinois Courts
    Ms. Sandra Cianci, Circuit Clerk, Kankakee County
    Mr. Matthew Prochaska, Circuit Clerk, Kendall County
    Mr. Jason Brokaw, Attorney, Giffin-Winning-Cohen-Bodewes 
  • Interaction of National Association of Counties (NACo) with Federal Agencies and the Distribution of COVID-19 Funds to Local Government
    Mr. Matt Chase, NACo CEO/Executive Director
    Honorable Denise Winfrey, NACo First Vice President (Will County, Illinois)
    Mr. Tracy Graham, NACo Central Region Representative (Audrain County Associate Commissioner)
  • Criminal Justice Reforms Passed in the 101st & 102nd Illinois General Assemblies
    Jim Kaitschuk, Executive Director, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association

Seminar PowerPoint presentations are available through the UCCI office.

(UCCI held its Annual Conference events consistent with applicable CDC and state guidance in effect at the time)