Illinois Division

of the Izaak Walton League of America

The 2022 IWLA National Convention Comes Home to Illinois!

The Illinois Division is honored to welcome the League back to Illinois where the 54 founders met in Chicago on January 14, 1922 and formed the Chicago No. 1 Chapter-The birth of the IWLA.

The 100th Anniversary Convention will be held in East Peoria, Illinois on July 17 – 22, 2022 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton the room rate will be $139.00-single/double plus tax. Each guestroom is a 2 room suite with a living area and bedroom. The room rate includes a daily breakfast plus a nightly evening “reception” of light appetizers and drinks along with free parking and shuttle service to the General Wayne A Downing Peoria International Airport. Embassy Suites offers 226 guest rooms with the 35,000 square foot convention center being connected via a climate controlled walkway. The room rate will be available 3 days prior and 3 days after the convention dates. Check back to find out when the room block will be open for reservations and to obtain the “code” to be used when reserving your room.

East Peoria is located across the Illinois River from Peoria along Interstate 74 about 132 miles southwest of Chicago, 80 miles north of our capital city, Springfield and about 100 miles southeast of Davenport, IA. For area information check out the East Peoria Tourism page, the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce page, and Enjoy Illinois.

The nearest airport is the General Wayne A Downing Peoria International Airport: which is about 6 miles from the hotel. The Central Illinois Regional Airport (Bloomington/Normal) –is about 45 miles from the hotel.

More information will be posted as it becomes available so please, check back with us often....

Illini Ike State Newsletter

All Chapters wishing to submit an article to the Illini Ike Newsletter can do so by contacting the Communications Committee via email at

Submission deadlines are: March 31, July 31, and November 30.

Upcoming Division Events

2022 Illinois Division Convention

Embassy Suites - 100 Conference Center Dr, East Peoria, IL 61611

Saturday, April 23, 2022

More details to come. This convention is to help the Division prepare for the 2022 convention we are hosting July 2022. Please plan to join us on the 23rd and help at the convention, if you can.

Division Awards Submission Deadline

The 2022 deadline for Division Awards has been moved to June 1, 2022. For more details on submitting an award, please see the Award Committee page of this site.

We are the Izaak Walton League of America.

Who We Are

In 1922 The Izaak Walton League was founded in Chicago, Illinois by a group of sportsmen (Chicago Chapter No. 1) who wished to protect fishing opportunities for future generations. They named the league after seminal fishing enthusiast Izaak Walton (1593-1683), known as the "Father of Flyfishing" and author of The Compleat Angler.

Advertising executive Will Dilg became its first president and promoter. The first conservation organization with a mass membership, the League had over 100,000 supporters by 1924. An early result of their efforts was the establishment of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in save outdoor America for future generations.

We are one of the earliest conservation organizations to set an aggressive course to defend wild America by changing public policy. Almost every major, successful conservation program that America has in place today can be traced directly to a League activity or initiative.

The environment is everyone's issue. We believe that America needs smart solutions that are good for the environment and the economy at the same time. Relying on our unique blend of community-based conservation and common-sense advocacy, the League has made significant progress to protect and restore our nation's waters, promote clean energy, and advance sustainable agriculture.

Throughout more than 230 communities, our chapters advance the mission of the Izaak Walton League by restoring watersheds, reducing air pollution, fighting litter, protecting wildlife habitat and open spaces, and instilling conservation ethics in outdoor recreationists. Our commitment to communities has allowed us to endure for almost a century. Our optimism, our spirit, and our vision for a better outdoor America guide our work.

More Information about the Founding of The League can be found in the IWLA publications Born With Fists Doubled: Defending Outdoor America, by William Voight Jr. and the Winter 2012 edition of Outdoor America article, The Roaring 20s: A Call to Action.

The Illinois Division has had a long line of dedicated volunteers who act as our president. a Full list of these individuals can be found here.

What We Do

As like-minded conservationists, anglers, hunters, and nature lovers of all walks of life, we work locally to promote our conservation mission.

Our chapter's primary interests are focused on local clean water issues, including watershed and wetlands protection. We advocate sustainable living and encourage outdoor users to protect our valuable natural resources while they continue to enjoy the great outdoors.

Join Us

For information about membership, contact Luann Noll:

Meeting Dates and Locations

The Illinois Division meets 4 times a year. Meetings are open to all Izaak Walton League members.

  • Winter Meeting: 1st Saturday in December at Starved Rock State Park Utica, IL.

  • Spring Meeting: April 23, 2022, Embassy Suites East Peoria

  • Summer Meeting: Held at IWLA National Convention in July.

  • Fall Meeting: 3rd Saturday in September at the Giant Goose Conservation Education Workshop - Atkinson, IL.

Division Leadership

President: Garrit Struck

1st VP: Tom Miller

Treasurer: Luann Noll

Secretary: John Zon

Tree Certificate Committee: Crystal Terfler

State Awards Committee: Lloye Pond

Advocacy Committee: Dean Farr

Communications Committee: Audrey Scheider, (563) 447-1593,

National Directors:

  • Ron Moore

  • Dean Farr

To strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of the land and its resources; to know the beauty and understanding of nature, and the value of wildlife, woodlands and open space, to the preservation of this heritage and to man's sharing in it, l pledge myself as a member of the Izaak Walton League of America.