GLLC Annual Meetings

The GLLC Annual Meeting makes it possible for GLLC members to network with their peers from across the region. The GLLC meets annually, with meetings rotating around the eight states and two provinces that share the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

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2022 GLLC Annual Meeting

When: 09/23/2022 – 09/24-2022
Where: InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
505 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Register Online

Please note that to complete your registration, you must acknowledge your willingness to comply with all applicable COVID health and safety protocols for this event.

Travel Scholarships. A limited number of travel scholarships are available to GLLC members. Click here for more details. GLLC members who request a scholarship will receive a separate confirmation.

Hotel Reservations. To reserve hotel accommodations at the InterContinental Chicago, contact the hotel directly at 312.321.8895 and mention Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Legislative Caucus Annual Meeting.

On Site Registration and Check-In
Registration will be open for all attendees on Friday evening from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and again on Saturday beginning at 8:00 a.m. All attendees are encouraged to stop by to pick up their name badges and any materials.

Friday, September 23: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Lobby- Historical Building)
Saturday, September 24: 8:00 a.m. – Noon (Avenue Ballroom Foyer)


GLLC Task Force on Nutrient Management Meeting
This meeting of the GLLC Task Force on Nutrient Management is open to all task force members, other interested GLLC members and invited guests.

Friday, September 23: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Optional Pre-Meeting Architectural Cruise on the Chicago River
Participants will enjoy a 90-minute, architectural cruise on the Chicago River aboard Chicago’s First Lady. Expert docents from the Chicago Architecture Center will narrate the tour sharing fascinating stories behind the buildings and architecture for which the city and riverfront are known (pre-registration required; participation is limited – first come, first served)

Friday, September 23: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Offsite)

Opening Reception
GLLC members and other meeting attendees will have an opportunity to visit with one another and enjoy light refreshments. Spouses and adult guests are welcome.

Friday, September 23: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

GLLC Annual Meeting
The meeting will consist of a full day of programming on some of the most important challenges and policy issues facing lawmakers across the region. Topics will include presentations on strategies to promote climate resilience in coastal communities; efforts to reduce nutrient pollution in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region; PFAS contamination in drinking water; strategies to combat invasive species; recent developments at the federal level in the U.S. and Canada; and more. The agenda will also include an early-morning meeting of the GLLC Executive Committee; a special luncheon presentation to be delivered by Professor Lynne Heasley (author of “The Accidental Reef and other Ecological Odysseys in the Great Lakes”) ; a Caucus business session, during which new officers and Executive Committee members for the 2023-2024 biennium will be elected; and a roundtable discussion of recent legislative developments in the Great Lakes states and provinces.

Saturday, January 22:

  • Program – 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Executive Committee Meeting – 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
  • Luncheon 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Past Meetings

For each annual meeting, we archive the agenda, attendance list, presentations, and any resolutions passed by the GLLC members.

2020 Annual Meeting

September 9 and 21, October 2 and 9 (virtual sessions)

Chicago, Illinois

September 13-14, 2019

Erie, Pennsylvania

September 21-22, 2018

Toronto, Ontario

September 22-23, 2017

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

July 15-16, 2016

Buffalo, New York

September 25-26, 2015