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The Decatur Leadership Institute (DLI) is a community-wide effort, facilitated by the Decatur Regional Chamber of Commerce. This program is designed to prepare individuals for high-quality citizen leadership, meeting the present and future challenges facing Decatur Macon-County.

About DLI

Decatur Leadership Institute (DLI) has been developing citizen leaders since 1985. The list of past graduates is full of community leaders who now serve on various boards, commissions and committees throughout the Decatur and Macon County area. The future of Macon County is linked to the quality of its leadership. Be part of that future, and become an active, motivated leader through the Decatur Leadership Institute!

•    Get involved in effecting positive change within the community
•    Build strong relationships to lead and serve the Decatur/Macon County community
•    Experience a behind-the-scenes look at community government, business and municipalities


Program participants attend 14, weekly sessions on Thursday mornings from 6:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. They experience on-site learning and gain an inside view of the industries and issues shaping our region. The program also entails group-based service learning projects and concludes with a graduation ceremony in December.

The program fee includes lunch and transportation to and from Springfield for the Legislative Session, as well as tickets to December's graduation ceremony.



Download the 2022 DLI Application HERE.


For additional information, please contact

Jennifer Oberheim
Director of Communications & Member Engagement

Decatur Regional Chamber of Commerce
101 S. Main St.
Decatur, IL 62523

Office: 217.422.2200