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Governmental Forum 2013

Elmhurst’s 2013 Governmental Forum drew a crowd of 800 for a panel discussion about jobs and education. Here are some photos from the event.

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Illinois’ Reckoning: Solving the Problems, Fulfilling the Promise

March 7, 2014

The annual Elmhurst College Governmental Forum is one of the region’s most widely respected venues for discussion of Illinois’ most relevant economic and governance issues.

Each year, the Governmental Forum brings together the state’s foremost governmental and civic leaders, business experts and policy analysts to offer their insight and answers to subjects on topics ranging from how to foster long-term economic growth to how to resolve the state’s fiscal crisis.

The 2014 Forum, titled Illinois’ Reckoning: Solving the Problems, Fulfilling the Promise, will take place at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace on March 7. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m., with breakfast at 7:30. The program runs from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $25 and include a full breakfast.

Moderating the discussion is Illinois’ longest-serving governor, James R. Thompson. Panelists include NBC-Channel 5 political reporter Mary Ann Ahern; Ty Fahner, president of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago; Chicago Tribune Editorial Page Editor Bruce Dold; Robert C. Knuepfer Jr., a partner with Baker & McKenzie LLP and an Elmhurst College trustee; and Tod Miles, a senior vice president of public finance in the Chicago office of investment firm Hutchinson Shockey Erley & Co.

In previous years, the Forum has welcomed former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives Michael J. Madigan, Business Roundtable President John Engler and Caterpillar Inc. CEO Douglas R. Oberhelman, among many others.

This year's Forum is the culminating event of the Elmhurst College lecture series Fixing Illinois: A Great State’s Problems and Promise. The goal of the series was to start an ongoing discussion, led by lawmakers and policy experts, on the challenges that Illinois faces, and to empower citizens to help address those challenges and move the state forward. Every declared candidate running for governor of Illinois in the 2014 election was invited to speak as part of the series, in recognition of an election where understanding the candidates’ goals will never be more crucial.

The Forum is also an integral part of the College’s acclaimed cultural season of public lectures and special events. Each year, Elmhurst welcomes thousands of people to its campus to hear some of the country’s most thought-provoking and inspiring speakers. Previous speakers include retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Woodward, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk.

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