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March 21, 2001 Contact:Bryant Payne (312) 355-2523; bpayne2@uic.edu


The University of Illinois at Chicago continues to address issues of public concern as part of its "Future of Chicago" lecture series. The lectures promote public debate between national experts and UIC students with a focus on governmental issues. Dick Simpson, professor of political science and former Chicago alderman, organizes the series, hosted by UIC since 1976.

Lectures will be held in UIC's Lecture Center D-4, 804 S. Halsted St., from noon to 1 p.m., unless otherwise indicated. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 21
"The Role of County Government in the Future." John Stroger, Cook County Board president, will discuss initiatives implemented during his tenure to balance the county's budget. Stroger will also present an overview of the future of development in Cook County and new issues being raised in the millennium.

Friday, March 23
"The Role of the Chicago City Council in Chicago's Future." Edward Burke, Chicago 14th Ward alderman, will focus on the City of Chicago's role in the delivery of essential city services.

"There are three critical areas of leverage by which the legislative branch of Chicago's municipal government can shape the future of the city: the revitalization of the downtown business district, the maintenance of the city's significant manufacturing business base, and the use of new and innovative tax levees to boost the city's commercial life," said Burke.

Wednesday, March 28
"Morality Policy and the Death Penalty." Chris Mooney, director of the Illinois Legislative Studies Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will outline ways in which morality policy politics are unique and discuss possible avenues for future research in the field.

"Morality policies are different than standard economic, regulatory or developmental policy," said Mooney. "These include policies on abortion, death penalty, pornography, the right to die and so forth."

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