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