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American Life and Law: Justice in the 21st Century

April 28, 2016

The Elmhurst College Governmental Forum brings together the state’s foremost governmental and civic leaders, business experts and policy analysts to discuss the most important economic and governance issues facing our state and our nation. In previous years, the Governmental Forum has welcomed former Illinois governors James Thompson and Jim Edgar, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives Michael J. Madigan and Business Roundtable President John Engler, among many others.

The 2016 Forum, titled American Life and Law: Justice in the 21st Century, will take place at the Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center on Thursday, April 28, at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 and include lunch.

This year’s featured speaker is U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, the top federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Illinois. His office is widely recognized for numerous significant investigations and prosecutions involving international terrorism and terrorism financing, public corruption, corporate fraud, violent crime and narcotics. In January, his office won a sweeping victory when a jury convicted a former Chicago city official of taking up to $2 million in bribes and gifts in the “red light camera” public corruption case in Chicago.

The discussion will be moderated by David Yellen, dean of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law; and Sergio Acosta, a partner in Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and an Elmhurst College trustee.

The Forum is 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 famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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