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.
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk
This year’s featured speaker is U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, who has been the Republican senator from Illinois since 2010 and who serves on the committees for appropriations, Banking, HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) and Aging. Senator Kirk also is the ranking Republican on the Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs.
This year's moderator is Bruce Dold, editorial page editor for the Chicago Tribune. Dold joined the Tribune in 1978 as a reporter and covered city, state and national politics. He joined the Tribune's editorial board in 1990, becoming deputy editorial page editor in 1995 and editorial page editor in 2000. Dold wrote a weekly column for the Tribune from 1995 to 2000 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1994. Under Dold's direction, the editorial board has won a dozen national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 2003.