Elmhurst College: State Senator Kwame Raoul to Discuss Illinois' Fiscal Crisis

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State Senator Kwame Raoul to Discuss Illinois' Fiscal Crisis

Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul will discuss Illinois’ Fiscal Crisis: Decades in the Making on November 18 as part of Elmhurst College’s Fixing Illinois: A Great State’s Problems and Promise lecture series. His talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 18, in the Blume Board Room in the Frick Center. Admission is free and the public is invited. For more information, call (630) 617-3390.

A Democrat from Chicago’s South Side, Raoul has served Illinois’ 13th legislative district since November of 2004. In 2011 the Chicago Tribune dubbed Raoul the new “it guy” in Springfield for leading high-profile Democratic pushes to ban the death penalty, reform pensions, overhaul the state's workers compensation system and redraw legislative boundaries.

Recently, Raoul passed major legislation targeting gun trafficking, and he successfully sought the inclusion of restrictions and safeguards for the state’s concealed carry law. His efforts toward improving Illinois’ economic situation are highlighted through his convention center reforms and a multibillion dollar capital bill aimed at creating and retaining jobs.

Raoul serves as chairperson of the Judiciary Committee and vice chairperson of the Criminal Law Committee, and as a member of the Labor and Commerce, and Insurance and Public Health Committees.

In June, Elmhurst College launched Fixing Illinois: A Great State’s Problems and Promise with the goal of starting an ongoing discussion about the challenges that Illinois faces, and empowering citizens to help address those challenges and move the state forward.

Previous Fixing Illinois speakers include gubernatorial candidates Bruce Rauner and Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard, as well as State Representatives Dennis Reboletti and Jeanne Ives, and political commentator Dan Proft. Illinois State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady is scheduled to speak on November 11.                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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