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July 25-August 31, 2018
Illinois AFL-CIO Brick Paver Sales for Plaza Renovation

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO

Illinois AFL-CIO, 534 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL


Due to the outstanding efforts of Dr. Carl Soderstrom over many years combined with the IL AFL-CIO’s front plaza being in need of repairs, the IL AFL-CIO will enter into a contract with Otto Baum construction to renovate the front of the IL AFL-CIO Building in Springfield.  The renovation will include a statue and memorial to Reuben Soderstrom who served as President of the Illinois AFL-CIO for forty years.  The statue and other work is being donated by Dr. Carl Soderstrom and a labor memorial area signifying important dates in Illinois Labor History will be part of the renovation.   We are hopeful the plaza renovation will be completed in in the Fall of 2018.  As part of the renovation, the Illinois AFL-CIO is offering engraved pavers as part of the plaza renovation.   These pavers will honor IL AFL-CIO affiliates and Union partners and will be a permanent reminder of your organization’s support of the Illinois Labor movement. Because this will be a Labor memorial plaza, pavers may also be dedicated to past and departed leaders of your organization who fought for many of the strong  labor laws we have in Illinois today


Cost of a 4X8 paver will be $400, an 8x8 paver will be $800 and a 27x27 column cap will be $5,000.  Placement of the pavers/column caps will be on a first come-first served basis.   Click here to download an order form.


Pavers/column caps can be reserved by completing the flier and mailing it with your payment to the Illinois AFL-CIO, 534 South Second, Suite 200, Springfield, IL  62701.   You may also return the form by email to and an invoice for the amount will be sent to you.  If you have any questions, please call 217/544-4014. 


August 17, 2018
Shoot for A Cure

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO & GWC Law Firm

Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, Dundee, IL


The Illinois AFL-CIO and GWC Law Firm are proud to host the 11th Annual Midway Shoot For A Cure – a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Fundraising Event – on Friday, August 17, 2018.


The charity sporting clays shoot will be held at the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation (Dundee, IL) with teams of four shooters with awards for the highest scoring teams and top individual shooters.  All participants will receive a USA Made Buck knife with their registration.  Cost is $200 for an individual shooter.


Sponsorships are available for $5000, $3000, $2500, $2000 and $750.  A flyer and registration is attached for your convenience.  Thank you in advance for your support of this worthwhile cause.  Click here for an invitation.



September 3, 2018
Labor Day 2018

Hosted by various Central Labor Councils

See list below - Click here for a printer-friendly list of all Illinois labor-sponsored Labor Day events



Aug. 22 & 25 – James Stanley Charity Softball Tournament

Location: Gordon Moore Park, Alton, IL on hwy. 140.

Contact:  B. Dean Webb, 618-259-8558


Aug. 25 – Labor Celebration Parade and Picnic- kids games

Location:  Parade lineup begins at 8:00 a.m. in the “pit” of the Alton Middle School, Collage Ave.

Time:  Parade starts at 10 a.m. / Picnic for Union Members and their family–following parade at Gordon Moore Park, Alton, IL on hwy. 140.

Contact:  B. Dean Webb, 618-259-8558 or Nick Dodson, 618 363-1384



Sept. 3 – Labor Day Parade and Picnic – Live music and petting zoo

Location:  Parade lineup begins at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Granite City on State Street between Niedringhaus & 18th Streets and will go to Wilson Park for picnic for Union Members and their family

Time:  Parade starts at 10:00 a.m.

Contact:  B. Dean Webb, 618-259-8558 or Mike Fultz 618-931-7212, cell 618-409-4314



August 30 – Southwestern Illinois CLC annual Labor Awards Dinner

Location: Panorama Banquet Center (downstairs), Bel-Air Bowl, 200 S. Belt West, Belleville, IL 62220

Time: Doors open 6:00 p.m. with Dinner at 7:00p.m.

Cost: $25 per person in advance $30 at the door for dinner, Sponsor ad book $75 or $150.

Contact: Charles Kaemmerer, Jr. at 618-979-4953 or Scot Luchtefeld at 618-340-8300.


Sept. 3 – Labor Day Parade & Picnic

Location: Parade is in downtown Belleville, lineup starts in 4th block of South 1st St., and will end at Hough Park with the annual Picnic. Parade & Picnic open to union members and their families ONLY and food, beverages, rides and games for kids are available.

Time: Parade - 8:00 a.m. lineup, 10:00 a.m. start / Picnic – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Contact: Scot Luchtefeld, 618-340-8300




Sept. 3– Labor Day Parade followed by a dinner in Miller Park for union members and their families. 

Theme: Your Voice - Your Vote

Location:  Downtown Bloomington – starting at Front and Roosevelt Streets

Time:  Parade – 9 a.m. line up, 10 a.m. start / Lunch – 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  $5 chicken dinner

Contact:  Mike Matejka 309-208-1120.  Parade registration form is at



Sept. 3 – Labor Day Parade followed by a picnic in the park.

Location:  Downtown Urbana – starting at Lincoln Square Mall and ends at Prairie Park with picnic

Time:  Parade staging begins at 8:30 a.m. and begins at 10 a.m.  A picnic will immediately follow at Prairie Park (1202 E. Washington) in Urbana.  Lunch and drinks will be provided.  Entertainment includes games for children, live band, and guest speakers.

Contact:  Matt Kelly at 217-621-5201 or Frank Rubenacker at 217-493-4239



Aug. 25 – Mid-Eastern Illinois CLC Labor Picnic, with food, drinks and live music. 

Location:  Fox Ridge State Park, brick pavilion, (8 miles south of Charleston on Rt. 130).

Time:  Noon until 4 PM

Contact:  Charles Delman, 217-348-7786 or Dan Kimball, 217-234-4609



Sep. 3 - Celebrate Labor Day in Pullman

Location: Historic Hotel Florence Grounds, 111th Street and S. Cottage Grove Ave.

Time:  2 - 5 PM

Contact: Illinois Labor History Society.  Click here for an invitation.


We’re proudly celebrating the Illinois Bicentennial during this year’s “Pullman Labor Day 2018” event. Join us on the grounds and street outside historic Hotel Florence at Pullman State Historic Site on Monday, September 3, 2018 between 2 and 5 pm. This free family-friendly event will have entertainment, music, food and a chance to learn more about the 1894 Pullman Labor Strike and the role of railroads in the development of Illinois – both bicentennial themes. We also hope to have a sneak peek inside Hotel Florence to see the great work being done to restore the grandeur of the first floor.



Sept. 3 – Labor Day Parade

Location:  Downtown Decatur, line up on South Franklin Street at Wood Street

Time:  8:30 a.m. lineup, 10 a.m. start

Contact:  Riki Dial or Bill Francisco, 217-428-3013


Sept. 3 – Picnic In The Park

Location:  Fairview Park in Decatur, IL

Time:  Immediately following parade until - 2 p.m.

Comment:  This is the 6th annual combined picnic of all labor unions in Macon County, expecting about 2,000 participants.  Free to union sponsors, $20 for general public.

Contact:  Lloyd Holman, 217-620-4923



Sept. 3 – Labor Day Parade with a theme “Support Working Peoples Freedom”

Location: Parade - Downtown Peoria – details coming soon on assembly area. 

Labor Day Party – on the Riverfront at parade’s end. There will be food, music and fun for all!

Time:  Parade starts at 10 a.m. with parade lineup at 8:30 a.m.

Contact:  Clint, 309-674-9243; Nancy, 309-635-7308 or Mike, 309-645-4901



Sept. 3 - 35th Annual Labor Day Parade Quad Cities Celebration

2018 Grand Marshal - To be announced

Location: East Moline

Time: Lineup at 9 a.m. at John Deere Harvester Works parking lot at 1100 13th Avenue in East Moline.

Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. and proceeds along 15th Avenue.

Contact: Tyler Power, 319-654-5894




Sept. 3 – Labor Day Parade

Time:  10:00 a.m., lineup at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Rockford

Contact:  Bill Corey, 815-968-1411,

Sept. 3 – We Are One Picnic – This is an all-union picnic immediately following the parade at Davis Park in downtown Rockford.  The picnic will go until 2:00 p.m and features live music.  Meal tickets are $6 in advance (or $9 at the gate) and beer tickets are $2.50 in advance (or $5 at the gate).  This is a family-friendly event with free games and activities for kids!  To reserve tickets in advance, contact Gina Meeks at 815-986-4822 or



Sept. 3 – Labor Day Parade

Location:  Downtown Springfield – Jefferson Street to 5th, 5th to Capitol, Capitol to 6th, 6th to Washington

Time:  9 a.m. line-up at Horrace Mann parking lot, 10 a.m. start

Contact:  Andrew Spiro, 217-416-8793


Aug. 24 through Sept. 
– DuQuoin Illinois State Fair 
Labor Pavilion will be open each day of the fair and is sponsored by The Egyptian Building Trades
Twilight Parade will be held at 6 PM on Aug. 24 for union members wishing to walk with the Union float(s) – Please arrive early

Labor Day Picnic will be held on Sept. 3, starting at 11 AM on the North side of the Fairgrounds. (Free barbeque and music for union members and their families.)
Location:  All events will be at the DuQuoin State Fair Grounds, just off Route 51 in DuQuoin, IL
Contact:  For more information:  Jason Woolard, 618-932-2102.  



September 6, 2018
USA's 2nd Annual Southern Illinois Conservation Dinner

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO & various unions

Richland Community College Shilling Center, Decatur, IL


Take action todday and sponor a table or reserve seats at our upcoming conservation dinner.  Your support is vital to the Union Sportsmen's Alliance's (USA) mission and will ensure we raise funds to recruit volunteer skilled labor in order to deliver hands-on, community based conservation project that demonstrates solidarity in the outdoors right where you live, work and recreate.  Individual tickets are $75 and includes dinner, gift and 1-year USA membership. Sponsor a table and you or one of your guests WILL win an American-made "table prize" - a Remington 870 Shotgun 12 guage or a 40-quart ORCA Cooler - your choice!  Click here for an invitation and RSVP form.



September 18, 2018
Labor & Politics

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO & the Chicago Federation of Labor

Capri Banquets, 6240 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL


Join us on Tuesday, September 18 from 5-7 PM at Capri Banquets for our 32nd annual Labor & Politics reception. 


This is our major fund-raising event for the year, ensuring Labor’s continued leadership in shaping a political and legislative climate friendly to working families. The money raised at this event will not be used for contributions in federal elections.  All tickets will be held at the door.  Click here for an invitation and Click here for the RSVP.



September 20-21, 2018
43rd Illinois AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO

Crowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare, Rosemont, IL


The 43rd Illinois AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention will be held September 20-21, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road, Rosemont.


The Constitutional Convention offers the Illinois labor movement the opportunity to discuss goals and set in motion the legislative and political agenda for the next two years. During the Convention, we will also discuss plans for the Labor 2018 statewide political program. Click here for a copy of the convention call.



November 6, 2018
Election Day


Make sure you are a part of the Illinois General Election.  Vote, Volunteer, Make a difference!


November 8, 2018
Post-Election Labor Luncheon & World Peace Prize Ceremony

Hosted by Illinois AFL-CIO

999 McClintock Drive, Burr Ridge, IL


The Illinois AFL-CIO invites you to celebrate LABOR 2018 victories & attend the World Peace Prize of Roving Ambasador of Peace Award Ceremony.  The post-election lunch with labor leaders and honored guests will be from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.  The World Peace Prize Ceremony recognizing President Michael T. Carrigan and presented by the Irish National Caucus will begin at 12:45 PM - 2:30 PM.  Lunch catered by Piazza Bella.  Please RSVP to 217-544-4014.  Click here for a invitation.










































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