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Illinois Guardianship Association Conference

Co-Sponsored by the Illinois Guardianship Association, the Cook County Public Guardian and the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission

Date: October 1, 2019
Location: George W. Dunne County Office Building
22nd Floor Conference Room
69 W. Washington
Chicago, IL.


  • 8:30 Registration Begins
  • 8:30 to 8:45 Welcome and Announcements (ROOM 2200 A + B) – Sharon Rudy, Attorney and President of the Illinois Guardianship Association (IGA)
  • 8:45 to 9:45 “Guardianship Challenges and Conflicts” (ROOM 2200 A + B) – PPT and scenarios
    Madeleine Sharko, Attorney, Office of State Guardian, Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission (IGAC)
    Vanessa Bennett, Attorney, Office of State Guardian, IGAC
    Dan Deneen, Attorney, McLean County Public Guardian
    Sharon Rudy, Attorney and IGA President
    Moderator: Barry Lowy, Director of Office of State Guardian, IGAC
  • 9:45 to 10:00 Break
  • 10:00 to 11:00 “A View From the Bench” (ROOM 2200 A + B) – PPT
    The Honorable Donald P. Shiver, 17th Judicial Circuit, Boone and Winnebago Counties
    The Honorable Michael J. Chmiel, 22nd Judicial Circuit, McHenry County
    The Honorable Daniel R. Degnan, Circuit Court of Cook County
    Moderator: Daniel Belko, Deputy Public Guardian, Office of the Cook County Public Guardian
  • 11:00 to 12:00 “VA Benefits” (ROOM 2200 A + B)
    Sharon Buchanon, Il. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 12:00 to 1:15 Lunch On Your Own
  • 1:15 to 2:15 “Illinois Crisis Prevention Network – Support Service Team Process” (ROOM 2200 A + B) – PPT
    Dr. Erin Wade, Clinical Psychologist
    Timothy L. Baker, LCPC, Director, Illinois Crisis Prevention Network
    Kim Shontz LCSW, Director, Support Services Team, Illinois Crisis Prevention Network
  • 1:15 to 2:15 Concurrent Practicing Guardians Session- For Guardians Only (ROOM 2200-C)
    “Practicing Guardian Issues: Statutory/Case Law Updates; Navigating Abuse/Neglect/Exploitation
    Cases; and, Fees for Attorneys and Guardians”
    Sherri Rudy, Attorney and IGA President
  • 2:15 to 2:30 Break
  • 2:30 to 3:30 “Let’s Learn About Illinois ABLE Accounts” (ROOM 2200 A + B) – PPT
    JJ Hanley, Director of Illinois ABLE for State Treasurer Michael Frerichs
  • 2:30 to 3:30 Concurrent Practicing Guardians Session – For Guardians Only (ROOM 2200-C) – PPT
    “The Nuts and Bolts of Managing an Adult Guardianship Estate”
    Stacy Berk, Supervising Attorney and Director of Training, Office of the Cook County Public Guardian
  • 3:30 Wrap-up, Evaluations and CEUs



Registration is now closed.