Ralph Martire to Present ‘The Fiscal Crisis in Illinois: A Solution’ | Elmhurst College


Ralph Martire to Present ‘The Fiscal Crisis in Illinois: A Solution’

Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, will present The Fiscal Crisis in Illinois: A Solution as the next speaker in Elmhurst College’s Fixing Illinois lecture series.

His talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, in the Blume Board Room of the Frick Center. Admission is free, and the public is invited. For more information, call (630) 617-3390.

Since 1999, Martire has served as executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a bipartisan, not-for-profit think tank “committed to ensuring that state, federal and local workforce, education, fiscal, economic and budget policies are fair and just, and promote opportunity for all, regardless of race, ethnicity or income class, with a particular focus on disadvantaged, poor, low-income and working-class families and communities.”

In February of 2011, Martire was appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission. He is a lecturer on public policy for Roosevelt University and has taught fiscal policy seminars for various universities and the International Fulbright Scholar Program. In 2007 Martire received the Champion of Freedom Award, presented by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition to individuals whose professional work embodies Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s commitment to equal educational opportunities. He also is a regular columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Springfield State Journal-Register and The Joliet Herald News.

In June, Elmhurst College launched Fixing Illinois: A Great State’s Problems and Promise with the goal of starting an ongoing discussion about the challenges that Illinois faces, and empowering citizens to help address those challenges and move the state forward.

Previous Fixing Illinois speakers include gubernatorial candidates Bruce Rauner and Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard, as well as Illinois State Representatives Dennis Reboletti and Jeanne Ives, and political commentator Dan Proft. Illinois State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady is scheduled to speak on November 11, and Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, of Chicago, is scheduled to speak on November 18.





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