Springfield is excited to welcome the Illinois Sister Cities Association Annual Conference April 6-7, 2018! While you’re in Springfield, make sure to take a little time to explore the sites and sample some fantastic local fare! Book your rooms by March 16 for the conference rate! Registration Hotel Reservations Measures that Matter Workshop  … Read More


        Friends of the ISCA happy spring to all of you. The weather finally seems to be turning our way.  Blossoms are out and everything is looking green and lush.  Our Annual Meeting in Decatur was fantastic.  The Sister Cities organization of Decatur were gracious hosts of our Annual conference.  They have… Read More


Note from the President February 14, 2016 Our recent Winter Board meeting in Springfield was very exciting and strategic. Sister Cities of Decatur representative Kathy Sorenson presented an overview of the Decatur ISCA Conference being planned for April 8 and 9, 2016. Put it on your Calendar it will be a fabulous event (www.decatursistercities.com). Each… Read More


  The Village of Hanover Park & the Sister Cities Committee present A Celebration of Black History Month   Come hear the amazing story of The Third Root of Black Life in the Americas: How the Power of the African Heritage Influenced Latino and Caribbean Cultures   Program Highlights Musician, historian, and world traveler Cheb… Read More


Note from the President Hello fellow Citizen Diplomats. Sister Cities programs around the State of Illinois are truly amazing.  The Award Committee and the Board were again both awed and appreciative of the great relationships and programs around our state.  The applicants for Illinois Sister Cities of the Year Award and ISCA Champion of Youth… Read More


  May 7, 2015 Fellow Illinois Sister Cities members we had a great Annual Conference in Naperville.  The welcoming spirit, entertainment with great cultural presentations and thoughtful and insightful presentations on Saturday made for a very rewarding conference.  Thank you Naperville for providing a valuable conference experience.   ISCA elected four new Board Members Dennis… Read More


May is here and the ISCA has had a great year. Our Annual Conference was a great success. Naperville was a wonderful Host city and organized a stimulating experience for all attendees. Thank you Naperville Sister Cities for your great Conference. We have new Board members serving three year terms. Janet Kenney from Springfield, Carol… Read More


Our new Board Members are Nancy Devereux, second term Palatine, Janet Kenney, first term Springfield, Dennis Roberts, second term Urbana and Carol Zerkle, first term Springfield.  Welcome new Board Members.   Our new Executive Committee is Paula Randant, President, Mount Prospect; Janet Kenney, Vice-President, Springfield; Carol Zerkle, Secretary, Springfield; Randy Russell, Treasurer, Naperville.   Congratulations and Welcome… Read More


  CONGRATULATIONS  PORTALOO-WATERLOO, BELLEVILLE AND MILLSTADT ON UPCOMING ANNIVERSARIES.   Sister Cities PortaLoo – Waterloo – Partnership – Porta Westfalica, Germany       35th Anniversary of Partnership.  (Established on October 2, 1980)    Belleville Sister Cities, Inc. – Partnership – Paderborn, Germany     25th Anniversary of Partnership   (Established on September 2, 1990)   Millstadt Sister Cities Organization – Partnership – Gross-Bieberau, Hesse Germany      … Read More


Winter 2015 ISCA Presidents Note February 4, 2015 Happy winter to everyone.  We are definitely in the middle of winter. Hope you are all safe and warm. The ISCA is actively working on the Annual Conference in Naperville.  Naperville has a great Sister Cities Program and it will be a great event.  The Conference is… Read More


Sister cities” are a cool, but very odd, concept here in the U.S. Though we’ve heard of them, we’ve always wondered what the heck a sister city really is. According to Sister Cities International, the program was introduced at a White House conference by President Eisenhower in 1956. The idea, according to the Sister Cities… Read More


September 17, 2014 9:15 pm  •  By Jason LiegoisMuscatine City Council MUSCATINE, Iowa — Muscatine Sister Cities The council will discuss and possibly take action on a motion accepting a proposal by the Muscatine Sister Cities organization to set up an International Friendship Park honoring the communities with which Muscatine has Sister City relationships. Muscatine… Read More


A Note from the ISCA President ISCA friends and members I want to thank the city of Urbana and the Urbana Sister Cities organization for hosting the ISCA Annual conference and Annual meeting.  The program of speakers and entertainers was wonderful.  The dancers from the Chinese Heritage Association, the Chai-Town A Capella choir and the… Read More


Thank you Urbana Sister Cities for hosting the Annual ISCA conference.  You have a great city and wonderful program.  We so appreciated the hospitality and generous spirit that your citizens showed to us.  🙂… Read More


We at the ISCA offer our thanks and appreciation for the service and dedication of our retiring Board Members Dorothy Kucera, Carol Jones and Holly Lazzerini-Mathur.  They offered leadership and service to promote Sister Cities relationships around the world as Citizen Diplomats promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation-one individual, one community at a… Read More


Illinois Sister Cities Association National Volunteer Week RESOLUTION   WHEREAS, April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, a time to celebrate those who dedicate their time to be stewards and leaders in our communities through volunteerism; and WHEREAS, President Obama has proclaimed April 6-12, 2014 as National Volunteer Week; and WHEREAS, this year marks the 40th… Read More


ISCA Annual conference will be in Urbana in April.  Go to Annual Conference page to click and register.  Click twice.  Hope to see you there.     https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-isca-annual-conference-tickets-10176806101  … Read More


West Chicago Sister Cities Announces February Featured Speaker February 6, 2014 7:00 p.m. Western DuPage Chamber of Commerce 306 Main Street, West Chicago West Chicago, Illinois: January 23, 2014 – The featured speaker for the February meeting of West Chicago Sister Cities will be David Sabathne, who will speak about the Sister City relationship between… Read More


  Nominate your program for the 2014 Annual Awards!                     Opportunity for Your Program to Shine! NOMINATE YOUR SISTER CITY PROGRAM FOR THE ANNUAL AWARDS The Annual Awards Program highlights your sister city program’s achievements and brings international recognition to your community’s contributions to the citizen diplomacy movement. Sister Cities International established the Annual Awards… Read More


Illinois Sister Cities Association P. O. Box 68141 Schaumburg, Illinois 60168     July 25, 2013   Fellow Sister Cities Members: I hope his Newsletter finds you enjoying the summer.  I am going to introduce myself as part of my message today.  I am Paula B. Randant and am a retired School Social Worker.  I… Read More


On behalf of the citizens of Schaumburg, Illinois and Safranbolu, Turkey, the elected officials of the two municipalities have established the city affiliation as “International Sister Cities” with the aim of promoting further relations between our citizens and businesses.   Our agreement will provide Schaumburg and Safranbolu with a close relationship, and together our two… Read More


    Host Students Receive Copy Proclamation at SCAS Board of Directors Meeting   Springfield Mayor Houston proclaimed Tuesday, November 19, 2013 as Ashikaga Gettysburg Address Delegation Day in Springfield to honor the participation of the five student members of the Ashikaga Gettysburg Address Delegation in the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Janet… Read More


Congratulations Columbia, Illinois for being selected Illinois Sister City of the year.  The City of Columbia has distinguished itself in their Sister Cities relationship with Gedern, Germany.   Columbia and Gedern celebrated their 20th year of Sister Cities relationship in May 2013.  They celebrated with an exchange of 45 delegates from Gedern.  Columbia and Gedern have… Read More


          CONGRATULATIONS!  Columbia, Illinois-  Sister City of the Year for the State of Illinois and the Illinois Sister Cities Association. Columbia has distinguished themselves with a 20 year relationship with Gedern, Germany.  They recently celebrated the 20 year relationship with a delegation of 45 coming from Gedern to visit Columbia.  They… Read More


CITIZEN DIPLOMACY IN ACTION AND ON THE MOVE. By Paula Randant The Mount Prospect Sister Cities Commission had an Exchange with our Sister City Sèvres, France September 14 to 19, 2013.  We have been Sister Cities since 2000.  The relationship has been rich with learning about our respective city’s and people.  Our French guests arrived… Read More


By A. Marie Ball The State  Journal-Register Posted Jul  30, 2013 @ 10:30 PM Last update  Jul 31, 2013 @ 09:28 AM   Zack Claflin doesn’t like flying. But he was willing to put that aside for an opportunity to experience  Japanese culture first-hand. “Both my parents are anthropologists, so that kind of thing was… Read More


Dear ISCA Board Members,  Sister Cities Friends: I am very pleased to announce to you, and to the general public, that  URBANA’s SISTER CITIES PROGRAM has been selected to receive the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Award for 2013. “The award honors Champaign County individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to international understanding, cooperation, friendshi…p and… Read More


Sister Cities International recognizes that U.S. communities may have differing views of laws, policies, or practices in other countries which they believe may run against moral, ethical, or legal codes to which they ascribe. While every citizen should feel free to express their own opinions in keeping with his or her own conscience, the suspension… Read More


2013 Youth Leadership Summit: A Recap                         At the 2013 Sister Cities International Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, July 11-13, over 50 students from around the United States participated in the Sister Cities International Youth Leadership Summit.  The Summit was designed to engage… Read More


DIXON – A state advocacy group for gays and lesbians is making a request of Dixon and other cities in the Sister Cities International program. Suspend ties with Russia. Dixon, which has four international sister cities, entered the program with its relationship to Dickson, Siberia – a town of 643 people that’s a 2-hour flight… Read More


The 8th Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival will transform Daley Plaza into an international village filled with food, music, dance and merchants, August 5-9, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Chicago’s 28 international sister cities will be represented at the festival, where visitors will be able to sample international cuisine and view live… Read More


Sister Cities International welcomes new Board of Directors members 07/17/2013                                                                     Following a membership-wide election, 11 delegates were chosen to the 24-member Sister Cities International Board of Directors. The appointments were formalized during Sister Cities International’s 2013 Annual Business Meeting which occurred in conjunction with 57th Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX, July 12-13. Newly elected… Read More


First, we congratulate Holly Lazzerini-Mathur on her election to the Big Board! The good energy of Illinois’ ISCA will rub off on the national front.   News Update:   Urbana is about to send or first citizen diplomats to Haizhu District, Guangzhou City, People’s Republic of  China. Mayor Prussing,  I , Chris Stohr and three… Read More


Every Friday, Germany.info and The Week in Germany highlight a different “Word of the Week” in the German language that may have serve to  surprise, delight or just plain perplex native English speakers June 24, 2013MinneliedMinnesänger in Wartburg (© picture-alliance / akg-images) Parzival, Richard the Lionheart, Walther von der Vogelweide, Duke  Leopold of Austria …… Read More


Chicago Sister Cities International is sponsoring a discussion His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae, Ambassador of Japan to the United States, presented by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “Japan is back,” declared Shinzo Abe, prime minister of Japan, in a major speech in Washington this year. It may well be that the country’s ‘lost decade’ of… Read More


The President of the Sister Cities Association of Springfield, IL (SCAS), Janet Kay Kenney, was appointed to the Springfield Commission on International Visitors and SCAS Board of Directors member Jonathan GoldbergBelle was re-appointed to a term on the Commission. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and approved by vote of the City Council. Our congratulations… Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       On US Flag Day, June 14, 2013, Mr. Tony Ferniza became a United States Citizen. With him is Ms. Janet Kenney, President of the Sister Cities Association of Springfield (SCAS). Mr. Ferniza is from San Pedro de Las Colonias, Coahuilla, Mexico, a Sister Cities partner with Springfield since 1996.… Read More


” Promoting Peace through Prosperity”    In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the early pioneers of the sister cities movement believed that if people could cross national boundaries and get to know each other personally, their mutual respect and understanding could transform diplomatic relations. As the world has changed and technology has enhanced our ability to… Read More


DECATUR —Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, was a hit with Garfield Montessori Magnet School students during a presentation of Japanese culture and traditions by Sister Cities members. The 31 members of Caryn Fuiten’s Room 5, first, second and third graders, folded Herald & Review newspapers into hats with instructions from Linda Hasenmyer, who… Read More


Adrienne Tongate is deputy director of Chicago Sister Cities International. She provides leadership and direction to CSCI staff and focuses on the development and implementation of CSCI’s strategic plans and policies. She also provides leadership, direction and communication to the Council of Chairs and committee members. Adrienne also manages sister city committees; coordinates exchanges that… Read More


West Chicago Sister Cities Hosts Evening with German Students The West Chicago Sister Cities organization hosted an evening reception for students from Gunzenhausen, Bavaria, Germany at St. Michael’s Church located in the old German section of West Chicago.  Twelve high school students and their teacher, Anita Dommel, arrived in West Chicago on March 17, 2013… Read More


Chicago Sister Cities International presents a Eurovision Song Contest Viewing Party on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 2–5:30 p.m. at the River North location of John Barleycorn in the second floor space. Cash bar and full menu will be available. RSVP at ekinnhammar@chicagosistercities.com. Before American Idol, there was the Eurovision Song Contest. Since 1956, the Eurovision… Read More


   JOIN BELVIDERE FOR THEIR ANNUAL TASTE OF SISTER CITIES EVENT The Belvidere, IL Sister Cities Association invites you to A Taste of Sister Cities June 1st 2013.  This annual fundraiser is a celebration of several exciting happenings! The food is ALWAYS great and celebrates Belvidere’s tri-city relationship with Schwieberdingen, Germany and Vaux-le-Penil, France.  The… Read More


Illinois Sister Cities Association P. O. Box 68141 Schaumburg , Illinois 60168         April 22, 2013   PRESS RELEASE The Illinois Sister Cities Association held its Annual Conference and Annual meeting in Rockford, Illinois April 19 and 20, 2013.  The Rockford Sister Cities organization hosted the event.  The ISCA is a member… Read More


West Chicago Community High School Jazz Band Returns from Successful Visit to Sister City, Taufkirchen (Vils) Germany West Chicago, Illinois: April 15, 2013 – During spring break, twenty-one students from West Chicago Community High School had a life changing experience. These jazz band members traveled to Taufkirchn (Vils) Germany on a trip that was coordinated… Read More


Laura Johnson, a Florence, Italy-based art historian, travel writer and a frequent contributor to the Register Star, will share her vast knowledge on building cultural bridges. Pam and Jim Keeling will share their insights on sister cities and peace movement. Linnea Bengtsson and Frida Helgesson of Lidkoping, Sweden, will describe their relationship with Rockford, a… Read More


During spring break, twenty-one students from West Chicago Community High School had a life changing experience. These jazz band members traveled to Taufkirchen (Vils) in Germany on a trip that was coordinated through the West Chicago Sister Cities organization. The students, along with Steve Govertsen, high school band instructor, James Wallace, middle school band instructor,… Read More


Upcoming Webinars! We have two exciting   webinars lined-up for members in the coming weeks! 1) Economic   Development: Assessing   Goals and Resources Wednesday, March 27,   2:00 pm EDT Featured speaker: Adam   Kaplan, Membership Director, Sister Cities International Are you interested in incorporating economic development into your sister   city organization’s work? You… Read More


LEARN ABOUT SISTER CITIES AND TWINNING.   In the United Kingdom, the term twin towns is most commonly used, generally referring to town-twinning with Europe, differentiating with the term sister cities, which is used for agreements with towns and cities in the Americas. In Europe, a variety of terms are used; most commonly twin towns,… Read More


    Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan   The Dana-Thomas House Foundation, in cooperation with the Springfield Art Association is sponsoring a presentation by Ms. Margo Stipe, Curator, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesin West, Scottsdale, AZ along with an exhibit of Japanese prints from local collectors, on Wednesday April 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM. The… Read More


  Application Form—Personal Data Sheet   2013 ILLINOIS SISTER CITIES ASSOCIATION Board of Directors     DISTRICT (see ): APPLICANT  (First, M.I., Last): HOME PHONE:         WORK   PHONE: E-MAIL ADDRESS: CELL PHONE: PREFERRED PHONE NUMBER:     HOME ADDRESS:          CITY: STATE: ZIP CODE: LOCAL SISTER CITIES ORGANIZATION: ORGANIZATION ADDRESS: CITY: STATE: ZIP CODE:… Read More


The Sister Cities Association of Springfield, IL, Inc. (SCAS) invites you to participate in an observance of the second anniversary of the Great Tohoko Earthquake and Tsunami on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM in the City Council Chambers of the Municipal Building. Springfield Mayor J. Michael Houston, the Honorary Chairperson of the Sister… Read More


  West Chicago, Illinois: March 6, 2013 – West Chicago Sister Cities, an organization that “fosters peace through culture, education and people to people exchanges”, recently celebrated the upcoming trip of the Community High School District 94 jazz band to West Chicago’s Sister City Taufkirchen (Vils), Germany with a pizza party thrown in the students’… Read More


We invite all youth to join us at the 2013 Sister Cities International Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, July 11-13! The Conference will feature a special program for youth, where through guided sessions they will learn about diplomacy through role-playing as a country representative at a convening of the United Nations. The youth track… Read More


Niles Sister Cities Group Reorganizes Criticized for being too closely tied to the village, the new group hopes to establish itself as a separate presence. ByPam DeFiglio January 4, 2013    Pisa, Italy, is one of Niles’ Sister Cities. Credit Niles Sister Cities committee The Niles Sister Cities organization is reorganizing, hoping to get more… Read More


Niles Sister Cities Brims With Ideas, Energy The new board is fired up with ideas to re-energize, branch out and possibly develop relationships with new Sister Cities in Germany and Korea. It also wants to become separate from the village, president says. ByPam DeFiglio February 6, 2013     The recently-elected Niles Sister Cities board… Read More


“Come celebrate 15th Anniversary of Illinois Sister Cities Association at its Annual Conference to be held at Rockford, IL on April 19-20, 2013. You don’t want to miss this one! Our Friday dinner will be at the astoundingly beautiful Coronado Theater with cuisines from 9 countries. Our key note speaker is Mary Kane, President &… Read More


Apply to become an Illinois Sister cCties Association Board Member Please read and print and fill out the form. ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP Section 3.1     Active Members   Organizations eligible to be Active Members shall be those communities in Illinois having a sister cities relationship with an international community.  A member shall be considered active upon… Read More


The Chicago Sister Cities International Program is organized by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs. The program seeks to benefit Chicago citizens and its partner cities by providing enhanced opportunities for global, cultural, and economic exchange. That’s all true, but, really, in my opinion, it’s just fun to get together with other parts… Read More


Eleventh Student Exchange Visit Between Gedern, Germany & Columbia, Illinois High School     In April 2013, the student exchange  will take place with 25 students from the Gedern Gesamtschule (high school), in Gedern, Germany will visit and attend Columbia, Illinois High School.  They will be accompanied by their English teacher, Andreas Heuser, who will… Read More


Twentieth Anniversary Sister Cities Partnership Columbia, Illinois – Gedern, Germany May 8, 1993 – May 8, 2013     Many special activities and events are taking planned for special occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Sister Cities of Columbia, Illinois and their International Sister Cities partnership with Gedern, Germany.  Fifty-one delegates from Gedern Sister Cities will arrive in… Read More


2.6.2013 BIRMINGHAM: Birmingham-Chicago Music Exchange Four jazz musicians from Birmingham are spending a week in Chicago playing with leading musicians on the Chicago scene as part of an innovative exchange project between the Sister Cities. They are drummer Mark Sanders and the Steve Tromans Trio led by pianist Steve Tromans and featuring Chris Mapp on… Read More


Mount Prospect Sister Cities has French Trivia Night.  French students from the middle school and high school attended the event and tested their knowledge of all things French.  The event was well attended by community members.… Read More


Niles Sister Cities Group Reorganizes Criticized for being too closely tied to the village, the new group hopes to establish itself as a separate presence. ByPam DeFiglio January 4, 2013 Pisa, Italy, is one of Niles’ Sister Cities. Niles Sister Cities committee | The Niles Sister Cities organization is reorganizing, hoping to get more residents… Read More


1.10.2013 PARIS: French Wine Tasting Fundraiser Hosted by the Paris Social Services Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International to raise funds for their Winter 2013 Paris – Chicago Social Service Exchange, in which social service professionals from Paris will participate in a week-long immersion into Chicago’s social service networks Cyrano’s Farm & Kitchen 546 North… Read More


Please   note: Our office will be closed from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. We will   however be regularly checking the voicemail of our main line 202.347.8630.   Please leave your name and number in this general mailbox and we’ll get back   to you as soon as possible.  Happy   Holidays! IN THIS ISSUE… Read More


Long before the advent of Christianity, plants and trees that remained green all year had a special meaning for people in the winter. Discover the history of the Christmas tree, from the earliest winter solstice celebrations, to Queen Victoria and all the way to the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center tree. How It All… Read More


The Galway Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International presents the 2012 Oyster Festival of Racing. A buffet with oyster dishes will be served along with live thoroughbred racing, live Irish music, a silent auction and raffle prizes. Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the popular event, the Galway Committee has chosen to make this year’s Oyster… Read More


Denver awarded Sister Cities International’s Sino-African Initiative Grant WASHINTON, DC – Sister Cities International announced that Denver Sister Cities International (DSCI) has been awarded a Sino-African Initiative grant to create a pilot Sino-African-US trilateral sister city project that targets urban poverty alleviation and economic development in African cities by increasing resources for the urban poor.… Read More


Mount Prospect Sister Cities Commission Wine Tasting World Market Randhurst Village 151 E Euclid Ave. . 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.     •  French Wines will be sampled   Light appetizers will be served Suggested Donation: $10                             All proceeds go to… Read More


Speaker & Session Spotlight! “Developing your Toolkit: Protocol Training” Sister Cities International Midwest Regional Conference October 5-6, 2012, Cincinnati, OH   Few things provoke anxiety as much as the notion of diplomatic protocol. However, sister cities members like YOU, through your experiences in intercultural communication, are experts in protocol! This session will help you take your expertise… Read More


by Jessica Cilella Hoffman Estates will host a new international food tasting festival this October in an effort to get residents to “think global” and “eat local.” The festival — the International Taste of Hoffman Estates — will be held 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre, 2401 W. Higgins… Read More


Mount Prospect Sister Cities hosted a French Market at the Farmers Market in Mount Prospect on Sunday 9/9/12 from 9 to 1. The French Market was a great success.  The day was sunny and warm and the market well attended.  French restaurants and stores were well represented.… Read More


  Palatine’s Sister City French Mayor tours Northwest Community Hospital By Northwest Community Healthcare Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) welcomed a special guest to visit the award-winning medical center in Arlington Heights. On Tuesday, August 21, Mayor Hugues Fourage of Fontenay le Comte, France, along with his wife, Dr. Marie Mascle and their daughter met with… Read More


      Youth Ambassador Program: Trilateral North America 2012                         Youth Ambassador Program:Trilateral North America 2012 comes to a close! Thank you to all the wonderful participants!   August 7 marked the end of the second exchange of the summer as students from the… Read More


Paris Social Services Sub Committee Social Service Exchange Program – 2012 Raffle Prizes   Prize 1: two nights stay for two people at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower ($400) Enjoy a two night hotel stay at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel located in the prestigious gold Coast neighborhood.                                                                                                                                Prize 2: Wine… Read More


Mandela Day is celebrated internationally each year July 18th, 2012 Chicago Sister Cities International celebrates Mandela Day along with our global community. Mandela Day is celebrated internationally each year on July 18 in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday and his towering achievements in South Africa and on the world stage. It is a reminder to… Read More


PARIS: Paris Opera Ballet Reception at the Chicago Cultural Center On Thursday, June 28, the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and the French Consulate hosted a cocktail reception at the Chicago Cultural Center in celebration of the Paris Opera Ballet’s U.S. tour, which kicked off at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance… Read More


SisterCities international Connect globally. Thrive locally. History of U.S. Presidents’ Support “The increasing interconnectivity of nations in today’s global economy underscores the need for robust partnerships between communities around the world.  Organizations like Sister Cities International foster such relationships, increasing mutual knowledge and understanding between cities and cultures.  These collaborations promote collaboration and trust among… Read More


    Hollywood is calling       –  will you answer? Dear Sister       Cities International Members, Exciting news! A       film production company is set to develop an 8 part series on sister       cities! And we want YOU and your sister city program to be our stars! The production company is planning to join      … Read More


Meet keynote speaker   Goli Ameri! 56th Annual Conference, Jacksonville, FL, July 12-14 “A New Era for Citizen   Diplomacy” Goli   Ameri, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State  for Educational and Cultural Affairs   Educational and   Cultural Affairs As Assistant Secretary,   Ms. Ameri spearheaded America’s public diplomacy efforts. She worked   tirelessly to increase international educational… Read More


PARIS: Bastille Day   French organizations of Chicago, in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Chicago, unite this year for Bastille Day 2012. Join the French, French-speakers, and lovers of French culture to celebrate the French national holiday with abal populaire- grand block party. Various restaurants, including Crêpe Paname, Cook au Vin, Sugar… Read More


Chicago Sister Cities International Events ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for International Festival! Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for merchandise and food vendors at our 7th Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival, August 6-10, 2012. The festival will transform Daley Plaza into an international village filled with food, music,… Read More


GALWAY: Irish American Day at Six Flags   Join the Galway Committee of CSCI, the Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago Irish Immigrant Support and the Trinity Dancers for a fun-filled day at Six Flags Great America. This event includes Irish Dancers and Irish music played throughout the park and more! When: Sunday, August 12 Where:… Read More


IN THIS ISSUE Sister Cities International launches new brand! Member exclusive webinar: Brand Relaunch Important information! Board of Directors elections RFPs due: 2015 Annual Conference New 56th Annual Conference video!   May 19, 2012 Southern California Sister Cities International Open Board Meeting July 12-14, 2012 56th Annual Conference, Jacksonville, Florida July 17, 2012 Fort Worth… Read More


Candidate applications due: Sister Cities International Board of Directors Candidate applications due tomorrow, May 15 Sister Cities International encourages all members to have a voice in its governance.  We therefore welcome qualified applicants to run for open positions on the Board of Directors. Seven director positions will be open for three-year terms. Elections take place during the Annual Business Meeting… Read More


Congratulations to new Board of Directors Members elected  Saturday April 21, 2012. New Board Members are Melissa Birch of West Chicato Sister Cities, Nancy Devereux of Sister City of Palatine, Dorothy Kucera of Mount Prospect Sister Cities Commission and Dennis Roberts, of Urbana Sister Cities Committee. The  Illinois Sister Cities Association Annual meeting and Conference… Read More


PRAGUE: Leaving Czechoslovakia Exhibit and Reception   From 2009 through 2011, more than 150 interviews were conducted by the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) through its landmark project,Recording Voices & Documenting Memories of Czech & Slovak Americans. No one could have anticipated the personal drama conveyed in these stories… Now, the NCSML… Read More


ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for International Festival!   Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for merchandise and food vendors at our 7th Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival, August 6-10, 2012. The festival will transform Daley Plaza into an international village filled with food, music, dance and merchants. Click… Read More


  Sister Cities International 2012 Annual Conference The 56th Sister Cities International Annual Conference connects local leaders and motivated citizens who want to have a positive impact in their community and around the globe. The Annual Conference will provide an educational and interactive environment for networking, sharing best practices, engaging elected officials, having robust roundtable… Read More


  Sister Cities International and the U.S. Department of State host discussion on “Leveraging Sister City Relationships as a Driver of Economic Development” WASHINGTON, DC — On March 13, 2012, Sister Cities International in conjunction with the Office of the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs (S/SRGIA) and the Bureau of African Affairs hosted a… Read More


Sister Cities International Board of Directors  approves Thelma Press as Global Envoy WASHINGTON, DC — Sister Cities International Board of Directors approved Ms. Thelma Press as a Global Envoy. In her new role, she will represent the organization globally and serve as an integral part of the Sister Cities International diplomatic and partnership outreach. Global… Read More


  Consider  a Leadership Role in Illinois Sister Cities Association     The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) of the Illinois Sister Cities Association (ISCA) invites you to consider expanding your Sister Cities service to include seeking office as a member of the Board of Directors (BOD) of the Illinois Sister Cities Association. We have included… Read More


2011 Annual  Awards Applications Due March 23! 2011 Annual AwardsApplications due 5:00pm EST on Friday, March 23, 2012 !Click here (DOC, 231 KB) to download the application and submission guidelines for the Annual Awards Program. Eligible programs can apply for any of the following categories. Please make sure to submit a completed application form, narrative, and payment for EACH… Read More


CSCI is the Global Sponsor for WOMEN MEAN BUSINESS! WEEK   When: April 23-27 Where: Chicago Cultural Center 78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL Time: Varies WOMEN MEAN BUSINESS! WEEK examines and celebrates the national and global impact of women’s purchasing power across every brand and every category. For one week in Chicago, leaders in… Read More


BOGOTA: Transformed/Architecture = Politics   When: Tuesday, April 3 Where: Instituto Cervantes, 31 West Ohio Street, Chicago, IL Time: 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The Bogota Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International would like to invite you to the opening of the groundbreaking architecture exhibition,… Read More


 MILAN: The Betrothed (I promessi sposi) in Honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy   When: Tuesday, March 20 Where: Chicago Cultural Center, Claudia Cassidy Theater 77 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL Time: 6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. RSVP is required. The Milan Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International… Read More


CSCI is the Global Sponsor for WOMEN MEAN BUSINESS! WEEK   WOMEN MEAN BUSINESS! WEEK examines and celebrates the national and global impact of women’s purchasing power across every brand and every category. For one week in Chicago, leaders in marketing, brand management, communications, advertising, research and media deep-dive into the what, when and how… Read More


GOTHENBURG: 25th Anniversary of Chicago-Gothenburg Sister Cities   The Gothenburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International invites you to come and celebrate 25 years of friendship between Chicago and Gothenburg! Enjoy a glass of wine, sample Swedish cuisine and mingle with friends and supporters of Gothenburg in Chicago. When: Thursday, March 8 Where: Maxim’s, 24… Read More


OSAKA: Japan: Road to Recovery – Challenges and Opportunities In association with the Japan Earthquake Photo Exhibition, the Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International is excited to announce a special seminar, keynoted by Mr. Tatuhiro Shindo, Chief Executive Director of the Chicago office of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and moderated by Mr.… Read More


MILAN: The Betrothed (I promessi sposi) in Honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy   The Milan Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago are proud to present a theatrical performance of The Betrothed (I promessi sposi) on Tuesday, March 20. Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, author and… Read More


OSAKA: Japan Earthquake Photo Exhibition   Kizuna: The Bonds of Emotion Japan Earthquake Photo Exhibition TWO LOCATIONS! March 12-16, 2012: State of Illinois Thompson Center ground level lobby (100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL) March 21-31, 2012: Block 37 (108 North State Street, Chicago, IL) Both exhibits are free and open to the public. March… Read More


WARSAW: The King’s Dinner   The Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International is pleased to present The King’s Dinner, a culinary extravaganza, featuring cuisine by renowned Chicago chefs who will prepare a special menu highlighting the King’s favorite dishes! This exciting charity event pays homage to Poland’s last ruling monarch, King Stanislaw August Poniatowski… Read More


Sister Schools Abroad Program   Chicago  Sister Cities International is looking for international schools in or around our 28 sister cities to participate in the Sister Schools Abroad (SSA) network. The SSA network matches K-12 schools in Chicago with sister cities around the world to facilitate international education. If you have connections to schools abroad,… Read More


World Business Chicago, Chicago Sister Cities Combine Resources to Further Expand Chicago’s Global Footprint   In a move to tie the city’s cultural exchange programs more closely to its business development goals, Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI) and World Business Chicago (WBC) have announced that they will combine resources to further expand Chicago’s global footprint.… Read More


  Announcing the Latest in SCI’s Webinar Series: How to run for Sister Cities International‘s Board of Directors Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Are you interested in learning how to become a Sister Cities International Board Member? SCI leadership will provide an overview of the responsibilities and requirements of this leadership position, along with the application… Read More


January 31, 2012 Subscribe Forward to a Friend   2011 Annual Awards Applications Now Available!Visit the Sister Cities International annual conference website to download the application and submission guidelines for the multiple categories available for the Annual Awards Program. These awards encompass the great exchange work of our sister city members that took place during the 2011… Read More


January 24, 2012   Registration Reminder: Annual Conference Early-bird registration ends Friday, February 3!The 56th Sister Cities International Annual Conference connects local leaders and motivated citizens who want to have a positive impact in their community and around the globe.  This year’s conference will take place July 12 – 14 at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, in… Read More


Dixon Sister Cities Association:  charity begins at home. For the past several years the Dixon Sister Cities Association has assisted a family financially during the Christmas holidays.  Our Christmas Family for 2011 was a young couple with 3 children ranging from junior high age to a new baby.  Both parents had lost their jobs and… Read More


A first delegation, led by Jim Thomson, former Democrat Governor of Illinois and Lance Pressel, President of the Chicago Chamber of Commerce, was received on 7 December 2011 by Christian Sautter, Deputy Mayor of Paris responsible for Employment, Economic Development and International Attractiveness, in the presence of Karine Bidart, Director General of Paris Développement (Paris… Read More


1.13.2012 BUSAN: Korean American Day Celebration The Busan Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International invites you to celebrate Korean American Day with us at the Greatest Korean Dance Odyssey. Sponsored by  the Korean American Women’s Association, this dance performance will be held at the Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium on January 13, 2012.  This is the… Read More


  Hi Illinois Sister Cities Association family,   Just sharing some happy energy related to our Sister Cities activities here in Urbana. Our Sister City is Zomba, in Malawi, Africa. We hosted our third “Malawi Mixer” at the Independent Media Center in downtown Urbana. This was a party to celebrate the completion of a public… Read More


12.22.2011 PARIS: Chicago Delegates have a Successful Paris Social Service Exchange The City of Paris hosted the 2011 Paris/Chicago Social Services Exchange delegation.  The goal, as in the first conference held in Chicago in 2010, was to improve social services in both sister cities through dialogue about “best practices”.  The nine Chicago delegates said, “This… Read More


Kathleen Borland, Leader of the Chicago Sister Cities-Paris Social Service Exchange and Geneieve Gueydan, Director of Social Action, childhood and health, DASES, sharing a great week of education and experience of the social services of Paris.  The people of Paris were generous and gracious in sharing information and visits to a wide variety of Social… Read More


Sebastopol World Friends’ “Sustainable Development Exchange” to Japan a Great Success Sebastopol World Friends successfully completed its “Sustainable Development Exchange” to its sister city, Takeo City, Japan, funded by Sister City International’s Leading Asia Initiative. The eight-member delegation met with Mayor Keisuke Hiwatashi, and visited a variety of facilities and organizations, including the Takeo Chamber of… Read More


Sebastopol World Friends’ “Sustainable Development Exchange” to Japan a Great Success Sebastopol World Friends successfully completed its “Sustainable Development Exchange” to its sister city, Takeo City, Japan, funded by Sister City International’s Leading Asia Initiative. The eight-member delegation met with Mayor Keisuke Hiwatashi, and visited a variety of facilities and organizations, including the Takeo Chamber of… Read More


AMMAN: Ambassador of Jordan to the U.S. Visits Chicago   Her Excellency, Dr. Alia Bouran, Ambassador of Jordan to the United States, visited Chicago from November 13-15. The Amman Committee of CSCI and the Honorary Consulate of Jordan in Chicago hosted the Ambassador, Mr. Fawaz Bilbeisi (Director of the Economic and Commerce Bureau of the Embassy… Read More


Susan Minott at Mount Prospect Sister Cities Commission regular meeting at Village Hall  11/17/11.  Sue is the Coordinator for Sister Cities International for Northern Illinois.  Mount Prospect Commission Members were meeting to review Fall activities and proposed ideas for the 2012 year. The year 2013  will be an exchange with our Sister City and planning… Read More


Sister Schools Abroad Program Chicago Sister Cities International is looking for international schools in or around our 28 sister cities to participate in the Sister Schools Abroad (SSA) network. The SSA network matches K-12 schools in Chicago with sister cities around the world to facilitate international education. If you have connections to schools abroad, please… Read More


Schaumburg now Sister City to Hyderabad, India By Eric Peterson Schaumburg officials hope strong enthusiasm among village residents will make a new Sister Cities relationship with Hyderabad, India a success for decades to come. The village board signed off on the agreement Tuesday night, but that’s only the first step in making the relationship work… Read More


Japanese students deliver Gettysburg Address By ALISSA GROENINGER CORRESPONDENT Posted Nov 19, 2011 @ 10:40 PM   Sixteen-year-old Akiho Masuyama wants to spread her passion for helping throughout the world. The Ashikaga resident plays the koto, a traditional Japanese musical instrument, for a charity organization and finds great satisfaction in helping the less fortunate. Masuyama… Read More


The new SCI President and CEO was officially named at the SCI Board Meeting in Riverside, California.   Her name is Mary D. Kane.   She will begin her appointment with Sister Cities International on Monday, October 24, 2011. CONGRATS GO OUT TO our two Illinois Sister Cities who won awards at the SCI conference this summer.… Read More


Mt. Prospect receives Illinois Sister City of the Year Award Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks and members of the Mount Prospect Sister Cities Commission. By Submitted by village of Mount Prospect The Mount Prospect Sister Cities Commission has been awarded the 2011 Illinois Sister Cities of the Year Award. The award was presented Sept. 16… Read More


We Welcome a new partner ship. New Partnership   It’s done.  It only took 25 years to get  this done! Highland, Illinois  has just recently received their  incorporation papers and are now officially the Highland Sister Cities Organization (HSCO). They are  small but determined.  So far, they have 19 members.  The second weekend of June –… Read More


Welcome to the Illinois Sister Cities Association of Illinois Website.  We are introducing a new format that we hope will be more interesting and enlighten our readers about Sister Cities and citizen diplomacy.  This website provides a forum for communications and interaction among Sister Cities organizations within the State of Illinois and anyone interested in… Read More


Illinois Sister Cities Association P. O. Box 68141 Schaumburg, Illinois 60168       February 16, 2017   ISCA Annual Conference   The ISCA will have its Annual Conference On April 29, 2017   The Conference will be held at the Schaumburg Golf Club in Chandler’s restaurant in the Torrey Pines room. The address is… Read More


NOTE FROM ISCA PRESIDENT   Hello members and friends of the Illinois Sister Cities Association. Hope everyone has had a great summer.  It is August and vacation in full swing and school just around the corner.  High school students are reporting for sports.  The Olympics is wooing us to watch with great swimmers and gymnasts. … Read More