The Skokie Chamber of Commerce has lined up elected officials from Illinois, Congress and the U.S. Senate to weigh in on problems ranging from the federal government shutdown to Illinois' bogged-down pension problems.
The officials will each have 10 minutes to speak Friday morning, Oct. 25, at the Skokie Chamber's Annual Legislative Forum. It will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Evanston Golf Club, 4401 W. Dempster Street, Skokie.
"We just got word today that Sen. Durbin will attend," said Skokie Chamber Executive Director Howard Mayer on Monday, saying the news came from Durbin's suburban outreach coordinator, Greg Bales.
That brings the lineup of elected officials attending to:
- U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois)
- U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, (D-9th Congressional District)
- Illinois Sen. Daniel Biss (D-9th Illinois Senate District)
- Illinois State Rep. Lou Lang (D-16th Illinois House District)
- Illinois State Rep. Laura Fine (D-Illinois 17th House District)
- Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin
- Niles Township Assessor Scott Bagnall
"We've asked for Durbin and Schakowsky to talk about the stalemate in Washington," Mayer said.
"Biss will talk about the pension situation in Illinois. He's a former math professor, so he always has lively and interesting views on the numbers and dollars involved."
Tickets to the breakfast event are available through the Skokie Chamber.
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