This from DRYLOCK:
We know what they say about Illinois weather but at least for the moment it looks like it's going to be pretty decent. For those who haven't been before, dress in layers. While it is generally cold or cool outside this time of year the capitol building is hotter than the hinges of Hades. Thought I'd give a fair warning.
When you enter the Prairie Capital Convention Center after your long ride the first thing you will seek is the bathroom. They are either downstairs or upstairs in the mezzanine level.
Get that out of the way and then visit the Illinois Carry table in the foyer and buy your raffle tickets, Illinois Carry Hat or pins. IGOLD shirts will also be available inside the PCCC at the ISRA table. Gold is the color of the day!
As Drylock said, dress in layers as you need to keep warm for the mile or so march but he Capitol building gets REALLY warm with all of us freedom loving people in there. Wear comfortable shoes because if you march the mile to the Capitol you need to march the mile back at the end. Buses will be available for those who are tired or cannot walk that far. The march is at a leisurely pace.
As far as dress, be comfortable but please do not dress in camos or tactical wear unless you really want to be in every 6 PM news-clip and MSM photo. They really do seek out the MSM stereotypes. Jeans and a decent shirt are fine.
When you enter the PCCC you will be handed an information packet. Bring a pen and 4 to 6 return address labels. There are 4 cards in there that are to be filled out and handed in to your elected representative plus the Speaker Of The House and the Senate President. It save a lot of writing to just slap a return address label on rather than writing it out 4 times. If you do not know who your rep. or senator is there will be Illinois Carry people right inside the door who can look that up for you.
Another hint is to write the location of your Rep and Senator's office on the back of the card so you know where to go when you enter the Capitol Bldg. You'll know where the speaker's office and the president's office is because they will have lines in front waiting to get in. They do move quickly.
There will be lines to get in the Capitol but if we all work together they go fast. No guns, knifes, bazookas or signs on sticks. Even a flag on a flagpole will not be admitted. There are multiple entrances in through the main Capitol building, the Howlett building and the Stratton Building. Some of us experienced folk bring a zip lock baggy to throw out pocket change, watch, cell phone and anything else that will set off the metal detector in. Some folks just throw them into their hat and that works too. Just know that if you bring that rodeo championship belt buckle you will have to take your belt off and if your pants fall down... well I don't wanna see it. The metal detectors are not as sensation as those in the airports so you don't have to take your shoes off unless they have steel toes or whatever.
As a rule, I've found that the SOS officers who man the checkpoints are really on our side as are the Springfield officers who clear traffic for us. Thank them and let them know you appreciate their support.
Most of all have fun and know that your presence does make a difference. Write your elected officials ahead of time and let them know your are coming to meet with them. Do not be disappointed if they are not in the office when you get there. They do have sessions or committee meetings they need to be at. I sometime have the sneaking suspicion that the so-called leaders schedule the sessions and committee meeting so that it conflicts with IGOLD . No proof but just a hunch.
ABOLT - Molly - MikeW please jump in and add to whatever I've missed.