Illinois Language and Linguistics Society

General Information



The ninth annual ILLS conference is scheduled to occur Friday, March 31st to Saturday, April 1st 2017 at the ACES Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

ILLS9 Facebook Group Join the ILLS9 Facebook group to keep up with news before and during the conference .


Important Dates

January 2nd, 2017: Abstracts due by midnight
January 27th, 2017: Notification of abstract decisions
February 1st, 2017: Conference registration opens
March 1st, 2017: Early bird registration ends - registration prices rise
March, 2017: Conference schedule available
March 31st - April 1st, 2017: ILLS9 Conference

Conference Location

The conference will be held at the ACES Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


The address of the Illini Union is 1101 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana, IL 61801. Metered on-street parking is available (though possibly limited) on Friday and Saturday, and meters are free on Sunday.

It's very easy to get around Champaign-Urbana through the cities' mass transit system. Bus schedules are available at the CUMTD web page. The easiest way to navigate the bus system is to use Google Maps. Fare is $1 per a ride, including any transfers. (Let the first bus driver know you are transferring so you can get a transfer ticket).

Getting to Champaign-Urbana

The Champaign Willard Airport (CMI) offers daily flights through American, Northwest, and Delta. AMTRAK service is also available.

Champaign-Urbana is located on Interstates 72, 74, and 57; 135 miles south of Chicago, Illinois; 180 miles northeast of St. Louis, Missouri; and 120 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana. Go to Directions to Campus to get directions from nearby airports.

You can also arrive by charter bus services from all major airports: Chicago O'Hare, Chicago Midway, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Peoria. Links to outside companies follow:


UIUC Station: 45 E University Ave #105, Champaign, IL 61820 (217) 352-4150

Peoria Charter Coach
1-800-448-0572 ext. 29

Amtrak (Train from Chicago-Union Station)

Within Urbana-Champaign, there is a mass transit system, and the bus schedules are available at the MTD web page. Fare is $1 per a ride, including any transfers.

Lodging in Champaign-Urbana

Below is an incomplete list of hotels with their distances from the conference location.

If you are interested in staying with a student, contact Anna Tsiola or Maria Goldshtein at ills-conference [at] illinois [dot]edu. If you plan on staying in a hotel, make sure to book your reservation early.

We have a block of rooms reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Hilton Garden Inn Champaign (1.1 miles)
1501 S. Neil St., Champaign, IL

(for U of I Linguistics Department)


Illini Union Guest Hotel (0.5 miles walking)
1401 W. Green St. #115, Urbana, IL
Notes: The official University hotel, located on the 4th floor of the Illini Union.

Hampton Inn at U of I (0.7 miles)
1200 W. University Ave., Urbana, IL

I-Hotel and Conference Center (1.1 miles)
1900 S. First St., Champaign, IL

Homewood Suites by Hilton Champaign-Urbana (1.1 miles)
1417 S. Neil St., Champaign, IL

Hawthorn Suites (1.2 miles)
101 Trade Center Dr., Champaign, IL

America's Best Inn Urbana (1.2 miles)
409 W. University Ave., Urbana, IL

Comfort Suites (1.8 miles)
2001 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana, IL

Country Inn and Suites (1.9 miles)
602 W Marketview Dr, Champaign, IL 61822

Ramada (2.2 miles)
902 W Killarney St, Urbana, IL 61801

Holiday Inn Express (2.2 miles)
1003 W Killarney St, Urbana, IL 61801

La Quinta (3.9 miles)
1900 Center Dr., Champaign, IL

Drury Inn (4.6 miles)
905 W. Anthony Dr., Champaign, IL

Conference Committee

ILLS9 is being co-organized by the following people: Anna Tsiola, Maria Goldshtein, Joy Maa, Aine McVey, Ana Galdamez, Patrick Moseley, Xin Xiang & Gyula Zsombok