Illinois Bankers Association

Conferences & Special Events

Immerse yourself in the banking industry, network with your peers and be exposed to a variety of events - virtually or in-person - that are sure to increase your level of confidence and performance. Visit the program calendar to view the latest details and to register.

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Ag Banking

Ag lending requires highly specialized lending skills and an understanding of the unique markets available to farmers in Illinois. As in all other industries, ag banking is constantly changing. Ag lenders need to stay current on the latest issues in agricultural markets, economics and risk management. The Ag Banking Conference addresses these and other important issues to increase your knowledge and improve your ability to serve ag customers.

August 25-26, 2021 | A Hybrid Experience
In-Person: Crowne Plaza Springfield, Springfield, IL
Virtual: Streaming through the Illinois Bankers app

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Annual Conference

ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Important Announcement

The Show Must Go On (Virtually): August 11-12

The Epitome of Resiliency
The goal of IBA's Annual Conference Committee & Executive Board is to deliver to you the industry's premier event safely and effectively. Their decision to go all virtual (with no in-person attendance) was precipitated by the ongoing COVID-19 safety concerns across the nation, in particular the Branson area.

Illinois bankers have weathered many storms, and each time the industry has come out stronger and better than before. This pandemic has tested our ability to be resilient and fierce in providing quality programming for the industry. With your continued support, the Annual Conference will go on as planned streamed through your preferred viewing device (mobile or desktop).

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Bank Counsel

The year-in-review on state and federal banking industry developments, legislation, regulation, court decisions, and the regulators' latest hot button issues.

December 3, 2021
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, Chicago


This event features experts and innovators in the Fintech space to help banks identify innovative products/services and potential partnerships with Fintech companies while considering risk factors in the development of Fintech strategy and associated processes.

October 7, 2021
Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge
Burr Ridge, IL

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Whether you are a full-time compliance officer or an internal auditor, or if compliance is one of your many hats, this conference will help you identify and manage cutting edge issues that are central to a successful compliance or audit program.

Spring, 2022

Midwest Bank Leaders

This annual event features industry experts, banking leaders, and regulators addressing issues critical to the banking industry. Chief executive officers, presidents, senior managers and directors will benefit from the educational programming and peer-to-peer networking.

November 4, 2021
Gleacher Center, Chicago

Spring Law Review

Join us for the Spring Law Review, where members of the IBA will meet and greet each other and return to their banks with invaluable compliance tips, too! The IBA Law Department will provide in-depth analyses on important developments in Illinois and federal banking laws over the past twelve months, and how they can and will affect your bank.

Spring 2022


The ONE Conference gathers financial industry professionals to exchange views, receive consultation and grow their knowledge beyond their own interest. It is a multi-day day event with intensive programming offering specific tracks of training and general session topics. Participation in this conference invokes a deeper understanding of the profession and empowers personal development.

Professional Tracks

Bank Marketing

Human Resources

Leadership Development


Retail Banking

Risk / Financial Management

Technology and Operations

March 3-4, 2022 – Embassy Suites, East Peoria
Hybrid Event: Attend Virtually or In-Person

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Women in Banking

Network with your peers, compare notes with those who have similar challenges and successes, and learn from top-rated speakers on management, leadership, industry issues and personal development. The conference focuses on helping your bank stand out and succeed.

October 28-29, 2021
Crowne Plaza Springfield
Springfield, IL

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Special Events

Chicago Area Chapter Holiday Breakfast

This annual event is held exclusively for Illinois bankers to learn the latest in industry trends. It begins with a delicious breakfast followed by a brief business meeting and legislative update. The finale of the event is a keynote speaker who addresses a pressing topic relative to the banking industry.

December 2, 2021
Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel


Economic Investment Day

Plan now to join us for this exciting, reinvigorated event in Springfield – focused on promoting the vital role your bank plays in advancing Illinois’ economy. 

You can expect to hear from top-rated experts and high-level elected officials, as well as gain insight with up-to-the-minute political and regulatory updates. We will also feature returning favorites such as our Illinois Bankers PAC Brews fundraiser and our legislative networking reception.

Spring 2022

Fall Golf Outing

This event begins with a state and federal legislative report as well as a brief IBA update. The fun begins with an afternoon of golf followed by a cocktail reception for prizes, networking and more fun!

October 4, 2021
Pekin Country Club, Pekin

Let's Talk Banking

You understand the day-in and day-out burdens of compliance and regulatory issues, but your legislators don't - unless they hear from YOU! That's why the IBA encourages you and your colleagues to participate in our new meeting series "Let's Talk Banking." Together, we can educate our elected officials about the challenges we face, and discuss the issues most pressing to our industry.

Spring Golf Outing

This event begins with a state and federal legislative report as well as a brief IBA update. The fun begins with an afternoon of golf followed by a cocktail reception for prizes, networking and more fun!

Spring 2022

Washington Visit

Each year the IBA organizes a three-day fly-in to Washington, D.C. to meet with federal regulators, Illinois' Congressional delegation, and key legislative and federal agency staff. In addition, the visit includes an extensive update on regulatory and legislative proposals that could impact your business.

Fall 2021

Women's Symposium

This event brings together women leaders in the banking industry for an afternoon of industry updates and education capped with a networking reception.

Spring 2022

Be sure to visit our upcoming programs calendar to view the latest details and to register. If an event is not listed, we are finalizing the details so your experience is exceptional.

Upcoming Programs