The Elmhurst College Governmental Forum brings together the state’s foremost governmental and civic leaders, business experts and policy analysts to discuss Illinois’ most important economic and governance issues. 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.
This year’s featured speaker is U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, the top federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Illinois, which covers 18 counties across the top tier of the state and a population of approximately 9 million people. 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.
David Yellen has served as dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law since 2005. He writes and speaks frequently about legal education, and his other main field of expertise is criminal law. In 2014 the presiding judge for Cook County’s criminal division appointed Yellen to serve as a Special Master, whose role it is to identify, for possible retrial, prison inmates who may have been tortured under the watch of former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge.
Sergio Acosta is an experienced criminal litigator and investigator who has represented companies, government entities and individuals in matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, health care fraud, complex financial fraud, criminal tax violations, export regulations and criminal and civil forfeiture. His practice also encompasses corporate governance, corporate internal investigations, regulatory enforcement, commercial litigation and gaming law. He joined the Elmhurst College Board of Trustees in 2015.