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11th Annual Training Conference

Our intent is to provide exceptional training for our members in a professional and comfortable setting and at the lowest cost possible.

Date:  October 12-14, 2020

The 2020 ILHIA Training Conference is scheduled for October 12-14, 2020.  Details to follow.


The Westin Hotel and Conference Center in Itasca, IL

The Westin Hotel & Conference Center (400 Park Boulevard, Itasca, IL) is in a great location, just off I-290 at Thorndale, and provides our conference attendees with a comfortable setting for our training sessions and liaison activities.  Attendees that require lodging must contact the hotel directly to make a reservation.  A limited number of rooms for Conference attendees has been set aside at the 2020 Fiscal Year Federal Per Diem rate (effective 10/1/2019).  When the block of rooms has been filled, regular hotel rates will apply.

Registration Fee:

Registration Fee Information to follow.

Conference Registration Information:

The 2020 ILHIA Conference Brochure coming soon.

Conference Certificates and In-Service Hours:

Approved In-Service Hours for the 2019 ILHIA Conference are as follows: Day One (Oct. 15) has been approved for Mental Health Awareness Requirements only, and Days Two and Three (Oct. 16-17) have been approved for a total of 14.5 hours toward LHI In-Service Training.  Breakdown below:  

Tuesday, October 15Mental Health Awareness Hours only – 3.5 hours

  • Surviving Life’s Wars / Emotional Body Armor

Wednesday, October 16  (Total for day – 7.5 hours):

AM Main Session- 3.5 hours

  • Risk Management Considerations in Homicide Investigation

PM   Main Session – 4.0 hours

  • Case Study of 1 October Shooting in Las Vegas 

Thursday, October 17 (Total for day – 7.0 hours):

AM Breakouts – 3.5 hours / PM Breakouts – 3.5 hours

Breakout Sessions:   

  • Assessing Reflective Behaviors in Crime Scenes;   
  • Familial DNA Analysis:  A Basic Review and Explanation of Familial Ancestry Testing;     
  • Internet Profiling and Intelligence Gathering; 
  • True Studies of False Confessions

 Attendees are responsible for tracking and submitting their hours to the training board.

When applying for recertification, please use the Illinois Training and Standards Board Lead Homicide Recertification form.  Please include conference title, topic and hours of attendance.

Link to ILETSB Recertification Form:

Note * We have received a few calls from members concerned that the ILHIA Conference does not appear as certified training on the ILETSB website.  To clarify, there is a distinction between ILETSB “certified” courses and ILETSB “approved” courses that can be counted toward the 32 hours of in-service training required every 4 years for Lead Homicide Investigator recertification.  The ILHIA Conference annually receives confirmation from ILETSB of the number of hours that are “approved” towards the Lead Homicide recertification. Approved hours must be tracked individually and reported at the time of re-certification on the approved form. 

ILHIA does not keep copies of attendee Certificates.  If you need your ILHIA Conference Certificate re-printed, current or past, please complete the Request for Duplicate Certificate – Rev. 12-2018 form and mail with payment to ILHIA (P.O. Box 1122, Plainfield, IL 60544). Duplicate certificates are $10.00 each.

ILHIA Awards:

Back for this year’s conference will be the ILHIA Award for Excellence. Awards Information and Nomination Form can be found under “Award/Nomination” tab.

ILHIA Membership:

If you are interested in becoming a member of ILHIA, you can download and complete the ILHIA Membership Application, and mail with payment to:

ILHIA – P.O. Box 1122 – Plainfield, IL 60544

We strive to bring the best training we can to our membership. Please email us at with any suggestions for topics or speakers that would benefit the conference and out members in homicide or violent crime related areas.

Thanks again for your support and we hope to see you in October.