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Political Science Department Presents Free "Future of Chicago" Lecture Series

Sep 28, 2015

The University of Illinois at Chicago presents the annual “Future of Chicago” free lecture series, which brings civic leaders to campus to examine issues alongside students and the community.

Topics focus on the social, economic, and political conditions of the Chicago metropolitan region. LAS professor of Political Science Dick Simpson, a former Chicago alderman, moderates the series, which the UIC Department of Political Science has hosted since 1976. Series co-sponsors are the UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement and the UIC Honors College.

Scheduled lectures include:

Sept. 30: "Homelessness in Chicago"
Hannah Willage, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Oct. 14: "The Future of Illinois and the 2016 Elections"
Jim Edgar, former Illinois governor

Oct. 21: "Reform in Chicago and Cook County"
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Cook County Commissioner

Nov. 6: "The Chicago City Council and the Future of Chicago"
Edward Burke, 14th Ward alderman

Nov. 30: "Reform of Cook County Government"
Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board president

Additional presenters and lecture dates will be announced later.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Unless otherwise noted, lectures are from noon to 12:50 PM in the Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 140, at 1007 W. Harrison Street. For more information, call (312) 413-3780.