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  ILCAE SAVE THE DATE - Dec 9 Annual Meeting, ISBE Budget Hearings, August Minutes  
  Dean Dittmar  9/27/2022 9:23:00 AM  

Hi ILCAE Members and Advisory Members to ILCAE:

We had a great meeting in August at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences.  Welcome new members:  Michael Hmurovich - Griffith Foods and Ryan Tate - Illinois Farm Bureau.   Officers were re-elected:  Allyn Buhrow(chair), Greg Webb(Vice Chair), Michael Zecher(Secretary).
Meeting minutes.  ILCAE homepage

Mark your calendar for future meeting dates:
  • Annual Meeting - Friday, December 9, 2022, 9:30 am - 3 pm - Lincoln Land College, Springfield
  • Friday, January 27, 2023 - 9 am - 12 pm - Virtual
  • Friday, March 31, 2023 - 9 am - 12 pm - Virtual
  • June, 2023 - TBA

    ISBE FY24 Budget Hearing
    s - If you can attend and give a brief testimony for the Ag Ed Line Item, please reply to this email.  Written testimony is also important and is explained below.  Click to view on the ISBE website.
Public Hearing Date Number of Speakers Speaker Capacity Speaker Capacity Status
Tuesday, October 4 (Virtual) – 4 - 7 p.m. 10 50 Open
Thursday, October 6 (In-Person) – 4 - 7 p.m. 0 50 Open
Monday, October 24 (Virtual) – 4 - 7 p.m. 2 50 Open

The Illinois State Board of Education invites you to give your input on the state’s budget for public education in fiscal year 2024. Each year, ISBE welcomes educators, parents, students, and community organizations to submit testimony that informs our advocacy for equitable funding for all Illinois students. Please follow the steps below to participate.

  1. Submit your request in writing via the online form at Only proceed to Steps 2 and 3 if you would also like to speak at an in-person or virtual budget hearing. ISBE will consider all written and oral testimony equally. Speakers must submit written testimony. Oral testimony is not required.

  2. If you would like to speak at a hearing, after submitting your request in writing, join the in-person hearing at the ISBE Springfield Office or register for the appropriate virtual hearing using the links below. You will need the reference number you received after submitting your request in writing.

    • Virtual: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 4Go To Meeting Link – Registration deadline: 11:59 p.m. Sep. 29
    • In-Person: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 6 at 100 North First Street Springfield, IL 62777 – Submit request in writing by Oct. 4. Speakers who submit online requests after the deadline are not guaranteed a time slot to speak and may present at the end of the hearing dependent upon availability of time.
    • Virtual: 4-7 p.m. Oct. 24Go To Meeting Link – Registration deadline: 11:59 p.m. Oct. 20
  3. Participate in the budget hearing at your assigned time. After you register for a hearing, ISBE will inform you via email of the 30-minute window when you may speak. Please keep your testimony to less than three minutes. Only one person per organization should provide testimony.

Hearings are open to the public even if you do not plan to submit a funding request or speak. If you wish to listen but not submit testimony or speak, you can either attend the hearing in person in Springfield on Oct. 6 or follow Step 2 to register to listen into the virtual budget hearing(s).

View a detailed instruction guidePDF Document

Dean Dittmar
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-893-0091 Cell: 618-604-1622
Address: 3358 Big Pine Trail , Champaign, IL 61822
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