Training & Education Programs

United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI) strives to provide its members with informative and educational opportunities throughout the year. These opportunities take the form of membership meetings and educational seminars. During membership meetings, members are able to engage in exchanges of information with fellow members about topics currently confronting county governance or share stories of success in overcoming such challenges faced by their respective counties. Similarly, during educational seminars UCCI arranges for various organizations, experts, regulators, and officials to come and present to the membership on current topics of interest to county board members and officials. The presenters range from attorneys to state officials, and the topics they discuss span from appropriations to zoning.


Annual Member Conference/Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust (ICRMT)
April 23 & 24, 2024/East Peoria, Illinois

Join us for two days of enriching discussions and unparalleled networking opportunities. Gain actionable insights from keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and collaborative discussions covering workers' compensation, cyber threats, media relations, and more.


Secure your spot now for the ICRMT Annual Conference and be part of shaping the future of public entities. Elevate your strategy, expand your network, and embark on a journey of discovery with us!


View the full details and register now with this link:

Paid Leave for All Workers Act (PLAWA)
 Illinois Department of Labor/Upcoming Webinars      

  • February 22 (Thursday) 2PM CT
  • March 7 (Thursday) 10AM CT
  • March 21 (Thursday) 2PM CT

More information, including a previously recorded webinar and links to register, is available via this link.
Individuals with questions or comments may contact IDOL by email at

  • Check back for upcoming events as this section is regularly updated.


February 28 (Wednesday) 12PM CT
March 6 (Wednesday) 12PM CT
March 13 (Wednesday) 12PM CT
March 20 (Wednesday) 12PM CT
(Recurring Wednesdays until further notice)
BEAD Challenge Process Lunch & Learns
Join these weekly noon sessions to: Tour the new BEAD challenge map; Learn about how to submit a challenge using the online portal; and, Troubleshoot issues and ask questions.
Trainers are Devon Braunstein, Assistant Director, Illinois Office of Broadband & 
Shubhika Agarwal, Coordinator, Illinois Broadband Lab 

February 29 (Thursday) 12PM CT
2024 Federal Legislative Update
Changes in federal legislation can significantly impact Illinois communities and require careful evaluation to ensure sound fiscal and administrative management of vital programs and resources. This annual webinar will provide attendees with a valuable perspective on these important federal policy updates.
 Presenter: Owen Hart, Associate Legislative Director, National Association of Counties (NACo)

March 5 (Tuesday) 12PM CT
Illinois Area Health Education Centers (Rural Partners)
This session will highlight programs, resources, and partnership opportunities with the Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network, which works to support and develop the rural and underserved healthcare workforce in Illinois. AHECs assist with building the infrastructure of the rural and underserved healthcare workforce through a collaborative approach with schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, health departments, and others to address gaps in education, workforce, and population health needs. Attendees will learn more about the IL AHEC Network's mission and goals, available programs and resources, and the benefits of collaboration.
Presenters: Mary Jane Clark, Director, West Central Illinois AHEC &
Rachel Benn, Central Illinois AHEC Director

March 7 (Thursday) 12PM CT
Maternity Care Deserts in Illinois (Rural Partners)
This conference will allow the attendees to better understand the regionalization of prenatal care in Illinois and appreciate the ways telemedicine helps bridge the distance gap for pregnant women.
Presenter: Robert Abrams, MD, is the Director of Obstetrics for the South-Central Illinois Perinatal Center; and, also is the Executive Director & Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at SIU School of Medicine

March 14 (Thursday) 12PM CT
Being a Catalyst for Change 
In this workshop, participants will focus on identifying and strengthening their traits and skills, including courage, passion, and confidence. Using their skills, and helping others use their skills, is imperative if change is to take place. The program is based on in-depth research on being a change agent, as well as the personal experiences of the presenter. 
Presenter: Pam Schallhorn, Extension Specialist in Community & Economic Development


March 21 (Thursday) 12PM CT
OnCall Digital Care: Wrap-Around Health Services 
The Medicaid Innovation Collaborative was developed to transform Medicaid healthcare delivery in Illinois by improving quality, increasing access, and addressing disparities by bringing health care to patients in distressed communities through 24/7/365 wrap-around services via digital health. Two programs that will be highlighted include our remote patient monitoring program for chronic disease and the pregnancy and postpartum program.
Presenters: Melinda Cooling, Senior VP of Advanced Practice and the Chief Clinician Executive OSF on-call at OSF HealthCare &
Susan Wolf, Clinical Director, OSF On-Call Digital Care 



NACo Knowledge Network link to upcoming events  

'The County Countdown' - NACo's Intergovernmental Policy Bulletin (2-27-24)
NACO's every other week review of top federal policy advocacy items with an eye towards counties and the intergovernmental partnership.  Click here and explore NACo resources on some of the top issues being covered this week.

'County News NOW' - February 29, 2024

2024 NACo Legislative Conference - February 10-13, 2024 (Washington, DC)


List of ICRMT scheduled events are available at this link

Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust (ICRMT)
UCCI Insurance Pool
Insurance Program Managers Group (IPMG)
Insurance Pool Administrator

Inman, Fitzgibbons, Murdock & Kosoff (IFMK Law, Ltd)
General Counsel for Insurance Pool


No regional training sessions are currently scheduled for 2024.