Civil Discourse And Respectful Debate – April 27 Skokie Public Library

The Illinois Humanities Council is sponsoring one of a discussion series “What’s Possible? Government and the Economy,” a conversation with experts who are thinking and writing about the relationship of economics and government to democracy and ideological segregation.

This will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the
Skokie Public Library (5215 Oakton Street, Skokie). It is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. For reservations, visit, or contact the IHC at 312.422.5580 or

The (Un)Common Good, series that will bring together people across political perspectives to
discuss contemporary issues in ways that are passionate, yet thoughtful and respectful.

The presenters for this event are
1. Dan Proft, principal of Starfish, a digital content-focused public affairs firm, Chapter President of Operation Homefront Illinois, a non-profit that provides emergency assistance to Illinois military families, Senior Fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute, and 2010 Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate;
2. Kathy Ryg, the president of Voices for Illinois Children, 2010 Paul Simon Service Award winner for her efforts in government reform, and former state legislator representing the 59th district of Illinois from 2003-2009;
3. N. Don Wycliff, a nationally recognized expert on ethics, Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Loyola University and former Editorial Page Editor for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame member;
4. Tom Geoghegan, author of Were You Born On the Wrong Continent? How the European Model Can Help You Get a Life, and a Chicago-based labor, civil rights, and public interest lawyer at Despres, Schwartz and Geoghegan, Ltd.; and
5. Laura S. Washington, a Columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and Political Analyst at ABC-7
Chicago (moderator).

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