Loyola University Chicago

Map Matters

Higher Education Rally

Higher Education Rally

In February, join colleges and universities from across Illinois for the Higher Education Rally in Springfield. We'll be advocating with and for students who receive MAP grants.

Who: All students are invited, regardless of whether or not they receive a MAP grant or reside in Illinois. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to attend as chaperones. Please note, we can only take 50 students and 5 chaperones, so please RSVP as soon as possible to guarantee your spot.

Where: Springfield, Illinois. Loyola will provide a bus that will pick students up from the lakeside campuses.

When: Wednesday, February 8

Planned schedule
6:20 a.m. - Bus leaves the Lake Shore Campus
6:35 a.m. - Bus leaves the Water Tower Campus
11:30 a.m. - Meet with members of the Loyola caucus and lunch
12:30 p.m. - Students gather in the first floor Rotunda
1 p.m. - Rally begins
1:30 p.m. - Meeting for Loyola students with Senate President John Cullerton and other senators
1:45 p.m. - Call on individual state representatives and senators
3 p.m. - Bus leaves Springfield
7 p.m. - Bus returns to Water Tower Campus
7:30 p.m. - Bus returns to Lake Shore Campus

Costs: There is no charge for Loyola participants. Meals will be provided for Loyola attendees.

Additional Details:

  • There will be a lot of walking, so students are asked to dress comfortably. Loyola apparel is encouraged. Please refrain from wearing ripped or torn clothing.
  • ALL students must fill out a travel release form, which will be sent to  you as you sign up.
  • We have been informed that many students need their professors' approval for an excused absence. For student who have Wednesday classes, you must clear your attendance with your professor(s) in advance to ensure that your presence at the rally does not conflict with any academic commitments, exams, or assignments. We can provide an excused absence form upon request. Once you have secured their approval, please bring the form with you on February 8. We will be collecting them on the bus.

You may also reserve your spot by e-mailing govaffairs@luc.edu or calling 773.426.3849.