The Illinois Geographical Society will convene its 2015 annual conference in Bloomington-Normal between Thursday, 30 April, and Saturday, 2 May, at the Parke Regency Hotel & Conference Center on the far eastern edge of Bloomington, a mile north of Central Illinois Regional Airport. Following the theme of the meeting, Prairie Nexus: Transportation Hub of Downstate Illinois, the Friday field trip, Friday banquet speaker, and Saturday luncheon speaker will deal with historical, current, and future-trending transportation amenities in the Twin Cities, including passenger and freight by air, freight rail, Amtrak, intercity bus, transit bus, over-the-road trucking, and bike/pedestrian friendliness. Papers and posters, on any geographical topic, will be the Saturday morning focus. Following the Saturday luncheon, an after-meeting field trip will focus on McLean County's connections to Historic Route 66. Contact Michael D. Sublett,, with questions about the conference.

Thanks to Chris Sutton @ WIU for the great map of past meeting locations!

The coin pictured above has been nicknamed "The IGS Companion." Take a look at the images below to see where our members have traveled with their "Companions"!

IGS 2013 Annual Meeting: The Land: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Thanks to all who attended the IGS 2013 Annual Meeting in Peoria. Despite flooding and some transportation challenges, the meeting was a success. Thanks again to meeting organizer, Len Ealey, for a job well done!