ICDA is dedicated to creating a collegial, informed, and diverse competitive community committed to empowering Illinois students through competitive Congressional debate. We believe that legislative debate offers a unique opportunity for students to improve their communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and research skills.

Our organization reflects this commitment to legislative debate and democracy in our biannual meetings, in which members propose changes to our tournament rules, debate them, and vote on them. All member schools have an equal voice and an equal ability to shape Congressional debate in the state of Illinois.