The bus will depart the east side of the Holmes Student Center at 6:30 a.m.
Events begin at 10 a.m. with a pump-up rally at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Following the march, students will be given the opportunity around noon to meet with and lobby their local legislators about issues surrounding the state budget and MAP funding.
The day will end around 3 p.m. as all students return to campus. The bus is expected to arrive in DeKalb around 6 p.m.
A brief training and discussion on proper lobbying will be held on the bus for the last hour of the morning ride to Springfield. This will ensure that students understand lobbying and are confident in their abilities. Students are asked to specifically lobby their local representatives to make the largest impact.
Participants are asked to wear business-casual clothes as they might interact with state lawmakers in the afternoon. However, students are reminded to dress for the weather as most of the lobbying will take place outside and to wear comfortable shoes for the half-mile march so bring comfortable walking shoes. Dress shoes can be brought for the afternoon; any extra articles of clothing can be left on the bus throughout the day.
Lunch will NOT be provided but participants are welcome to bring brown bag lunches. The Capitol cafeteria sells food; a lunch there costs at least $7.