Conference Information

(Proposals due by September 1st!
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Plan now to join IRC at the 55th Annual IRC Conference from March 9-10, 2023 at the Bank of Springfield Center, President Abraham Lincoln Hotel, and the Wyndham Hotel in Springfield, Illinois.  IRC will be excited to learn from the below list of featured speakers who will help teachers, specialists, and administrators from every grade-level and content area. Many more will be added soon!

  • Blue Balliett
  • Derrick Barnes
  • David Biedrzycki
  • Joelle Charbonneau
  • Lynne Dorfmann
  • Alison Gorman
  • Jacob Grant
  • Nikki Grimes
  • Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Carol Jago
  • Gordon C. James
  • Lauren Tarshis
  • Becky Anderson Wilkins
  • 2023 Illinois Reads Authors
  • And More To Come!

  • Interested in Presenting?  The Illinois Reading Council is accepting Program Proposals until September 1, 2022.  Please take time to read the Criteria for Selection and General Requirements for being a presenter. 

  • RegisteringWILL OPEN BY SEPTEMBER 15th!  Pre-register for the 2023 IRC Conference by returning the Registration Form by Mail/Fax or on the secured Online Conference Registration System. Please note that early registration with discounted prices ends on February 5, 2023! On-site registration is recommended for those registering after March 1, 2023. Please note that the meal functions require pre-purchased tickets and will not be available for purchase on-site. Individuals who need special accommodations must make specific requests in writing to the IRC Office at least three weeks prior to the conference. Please take a moment to read the complete General Conference Information Policy.

  • Not an IRC Member?  Join IRC today for $45 and receive the member conference rate.  This is a savings of $30 off the non-member registration rate!

  • Interested in Group Rates?  WILL OPEN BY SEPTEMBER 15th!  Discounted rates are available for groups of 10+ participants. For more information, please see the Group Registration Form.

  • Join the IRC Book Club?  IRC will be reading, reflecting on, and responding to Textured Teaching and Stamped book clubs.  Register today!

  • Order a Conference Shirt?  Preorder your conference merchandise by February 1, 2023!  Conference merchandise can be ordered online or by mail/fax.  Only preorders will be available for pick up at the Registration Area in the Bank of Springfield Center.  Merchandise will not be available for purchase at the conference.
  • Housing Reservations?  WILL OPEN BY SEPTEMBER 15th!  Special rates have been negotiated at Springfield area hotels. To obtain these special rates, reservations must be made directly with the hotels either by phone or online by February 1, 2023. Please note there will not be a shuttle service from the off-site hotels to the Bank of Springfield Center. Downtown Springfield also has many public parking options that cost anywhere from $5 to $10 a day to park. Please download the Springfield Parking Map to help you locate parking options in Springfield.

  • Interested in PD Clock Hours?  Registered attendees can print of the PD Clock Hour Forms and/or submit the Online PD Clock Hour Form.  It is recommended to submit your forms within one week of the conference.  If you are a presenter, you can also submit your Conference Presenter Acknowledgement Form with this form online.

  • Interested in Volunteering?  IRC is looking for volunteers to work at the 2023 IRC Conference in the registration booth, at conference events, and in many other areas. If interested, please take a moment to fill out the Conference Volunteer Form by mail or the online volunteer form by January 15, 2023. Thank you! Your help is much appreciated!


For more information, contact us at [email protected].