Literacy Volunteers of Illinois


Supporting Volunteer Literacy In Illinois Since 1979


Keynote Speaker

Alexi Giannoulias

Illinois Secretary of State


Alexi Giannoulias was sworn into office as Illinois’ 38th Secretary of State on January 9, 2023.


The Secretary of State's office is the largest of its kind in the nation, processing more transactions and being visited by more residents than any other.


The office, which oversees 25 different departments and nearly 4,000 employees, completes more than 30 million transactions and generates more than $3 billion in annual revenue.


The Secretary of State in Illinois is also the Illinois State Librarian, a position near and dear to us providing us with a treasure trove of online and print resources including volunteer tutor training and New Reader Book Collections, award opportunities to recognize our tutors and students, and most importantly funding to keep our programs operating and students being served in local communities throughout the state. For this current year that amounts to $5.7 million in adult literacy grants supporting more than 8,500 adult learners and 4,500 volunteer tutors, with another 500 families and nearly 700 children participating in the Penny Severns Family Literacy Grant Program.


In addition to his current service as Secretary of State, the Honorable Alexi Giannoulias also served as the elected Illinois State Treasurer – the youngest in the nation at age 30. He is also a past chairman of the Illinois Community College Board and a past member Chicago Public Library’s Board of Directors.


Opening Session Speaker

Andre Vasquez

Alderman, 40th Ward Chicago


Born and raised in Chicago, Andre Vasquez is the Alderperson of the 40th Ward. Since coming into office in 2019, he has worked to make city government more accessible, transparent, and accountable to the people of Chicago, and to engage and empower the neighbors in our community. 


Prior to his life in Public Service, he was the Illinois Director for AT&T Connected Communities, a local Community Organizer with the Peoples Lobby, and a Hip Hop Artist. He has brought those different experiences and perspectives to City Council to improve government services while creating community-centered development. Alderperson Vasquez is the Chair of Chicago's Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Vice Chair of the Committee on Transportation, Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus, and Vice Chair of the Latino Caucus.

Whether you’re staff, a tutor, or a Basic, ESL or GED student, there is something for everyone at the On the Road to Literacy Conference!

Plan on joining us at the 31st Annual On the Road to Literacy Tutor and Adult Learner Conference. To be held on Saturday, April 20th at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 1040 W. Harrison, the conference offers 6 hours of ICCB-approved professional development, two general sessions and 15+ workshops exploring strategies, techniques, and materials to use to build vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation, comprehension, reading, writing, and computational skills in or out of tutoring sessions. As information on sessions and speakers becomes available it will be uploaded here.

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Registration Costs

*Registration includes breakfast snacks, boxed lunch and conference materials.


Early—Before April 15th
Tutors & Staff: $20.00
Students & AmeriCorps Members: $15.00


Late—After April 15th  
Tutors & Staff:  $25.00
Students & AmeriCorps Members - $20.00

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Nominate an oustanding tutor for LVI's Tutor of the Year Award, to be presented at the conference!

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Thank you to everyone who attended in 2023.


View last year's conference resources below.

Here's to You!


LVI began by working with just four LVA programs, and today provides an array of resources and services to staff, tutors, and students in adult literacy programs statewide.


Literacy Volunteers of Illinois
100 South  State Street, Suite 437
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-857-1582

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