The Leadership Academy for County Officials, created in 1995, was developed by the University of Illinois in partnership with the United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI) to provide leadership skills training on issues which are important to county elected and appointed officials. For anyone seeking to manage and lead more effectively, the academy offers a learning network and connection to cutting edge information.

The curriculum is designed for county officials who want to explore new ideas and learn practical methods that are relevant to current issues, challenges and opportunities across the state. The five interactive sessions are structured to allow participants to learn, share, and apply on a variety of topics both cutting edge and practical.


Participation at no fewer than four of the five instructional sessions is required, and participants must complete an evaluation. Graduates will receive a certificate from the University of Illinois, and will be recognized at a ceremony and dinner hosted by UCCI at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.


There are no fees for meals, materials, or lodging, but you must apply to participate. Participation is limited to 30 individuals. 

View the recent agendas to see a sampling of the topics covered over the course of the academy:







“This was a wonderful opportunity to learn new material that can be directly applied to the position, and work with and learn from other participants. This experience has given me contacts around the state that I can go to.”

“The Leadership Academy gave me insight into how to relate to others effectively. I also gained valuable experience in parliamentary procedure, diplomatic relations, and the fiscal health of the state and my county in relation to the state."

"The information allowed me to be more connected to other elected officials and gave a macro/micro understanding of their roles. The trending information that the Leadership Academy provided was very current and beneficial for where we are in government."

-Leadership Academy Participants