Union League Podcasts

Reefer: The Science of Marijuana
May 28, 2015

Over the past two decades, as marijuana’s potency has increased nearly four-fold – and now that several states have legalized the drug for medicinal and recreational use – on May 28, 2015, the ULCC Public Affairs Committee welcomed to the Clubhouse to provide a scientific perspective Dr. Bertha Madras, Professor of Psychobiology and past Chair of the Division of Neurochemistry at Harvard University.

Dr. Madras offered a comprehensive presentation covering the science of THC (the plant’s main psychoactive ingredient) and explaining the biochemical reactions and biophysical development associated with THC exposure. She also addressed the hazards of recreational usage and critiqued arguments favoring use of the drug for medicinal purposes.

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Inside the Detroit Bankruptcy: How The City Was Saved
Wednesday, May 6, 2015

In 2013, the City of Detroit filed for bankruptcy, burdened with $18.5 billion dollars in debt, thousands of retired municipal workers and other creditors, 78,000 abandoned buildings, crumbling infrastructure and services, and a population down 60% from its 1950 peak of 1.8 million. Seventeen months later, Detroit emerged from bankruptcy shedding $7 billion of debt and projecting $1.7 billion available over 10 years for restructuring initiatives.

In partnership with Miller Canfield, the Chicago Bar Association, Conway MacKenzie, Inc. and Ernst & Young LLP, on May 6 ULCC Public Affairs presented a unique forum examining the City’s major settlements with investors, retirees and insurers and the lessons other municipalities might learn from the Detroit model. Michael Traison, a Principal of Miller Canfield, moderated a look behind the scenes with four of the recovery’s leading architects:

Amanda Van Dusen, Principal, Miller Canfield – Local Counsel for the City of Detroit
The Hon. Gerald Rosen, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan – Chief Federal Mediator
Gaurav Malhotra, Partner/Principal, Ernst & Young LLP – Financial Restructuring Advisor
Chris Gannon, Managing Director, Conway MacKenzie – Turnaround Consultant

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Breakfast@65West presents:
Can Chicago Balance Its Books?
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Just a few short months after he was appointed to fill a vacancy in the Treasurer’s office – and following his election in February to a full term – Breakfast@65West welcomed Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers. At our April 23 forum, he discussed strategies for addressing the city’s dire financial challenges, including a $400 million current budget deficit, $8.3 billion in taxpayer-backed bond debt, nearly $20 billion in unfunded debt spread across four pension funds, the lowest credit rating of the nation’s 30 largest cities, and a high-profile court case that threatens to reverse the restructuring of pension plans for municipal workers and laborers.

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Breakfast@65West presents:
Europe Challenged: How Shall it Reply?
Friday, March 13, 2015

On March 13, Breakfast@65West welcomed the Ambassador of Latvia, Andris Razans, who spoke about the recent Greek election, actions by the European Central Bank, the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and Europe’s response to these events and the challenges they raise. His address and insights were particularly relevant, since Latvia holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and will play a critical role in the months ahead.
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Lunch@65West presents:
Global Threats & Security Needs:
A Luncheon with National Security Agency Director, Admiral Michael Rogers
Monday, March 16, 2015

On March 16, Lunch@65West presented a luncheon forum with Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency. In a candid address, ADM Rogers discussed the NSA’s ongoing mission to protect the nation against threats including ISIS, al-Qaeda, unstable governments in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea, a resurgent expansionist Russia, domestic sleeper terrorist cells, and cyber-security. (NOTE: due to technical difficulties the recording’s audio is substandard, for which we apologize).
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ULCC Public Affairs Presents:
Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
With Keynote Speaker, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
onday, January 19, 2015

On Monday, January 19, 2015, the Union League Club of Chicago hosted a luncheon commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a keynote address by the Honorable Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Pres. Preckwinkle offered inspiring remarks that helped us celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy; we invite you to listen to the entire program here!

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Breakfast@65West presents:
Jackboots on the Doorstep: Where Will Putin Stop?
Thursday, November 20, 2014

On November 20, Breakfast@65West welcomed the Consul General of Ukraine in Chicago, Andriy Pravednyk, and Dr. Charles Lipson, Professor of International Relations at the University of Chicago, for insight and analysis on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Ukraine’s fight for a European future. They discussed why the invasion happened, what it reveals about Russia’s strategy toward Europe and the U.S., what Vladimir Putin seeks to accomplish, the nature of America’s response, and how Ukraine can secure its sovereignty.

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Breakfast@65West presents:
Taxis and Uber – The Search for Reasonable Regulation
Thursday, November 13, 2014

On November 13, Breakfast@65West welcomed Maras Georges, representing the Illinois Transportation Trade Association, and Justin Kintz, Head of North America Public Policy at Uber Technologies, for a timely discussion of legacy taxicab services vs. ride-sharing services in Chicago.

Ms. Georges and Mr. Kintz engaged in a spirited exchange about the issues of concern in the current regulatory environment, including insurance and liability concerns, driver background checks, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. They also answered audience questions about how sensible regulation of the rideshare industry can be advanced while preserving competition and encouraging innovation that benefits consumers.

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Breakfast@65West presents:
Congressman Mike Rogers
Chairman, U.S. House Intelligence Committee
Friday, October 31, 2014

On October 31, Breakfast@65West welcomed Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee. Chairman Rogers offered a timely briefing on the myriad global threats and geopolitical challenges facing the United States and its allies – from the Islamic State to cyberattacks to Russian expansionism – and discussed the available resources, options, and strategies for addressing each. Following his address, he engaged audience members in a spirited question-and-answer exchange.

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Breakfast@65West presents:
U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

On October 8, Breakfast@65West welcomed U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon as he neared the end of his first year in office. Mr. Fardon discussed lessons learned and the range of matters his office engages, including investigations and prosecutions of international terrorism, public corruption, and financial and corporate fraud. Following his address, he engaged audience members in a question-and-answer exchange that covered topics such as the prevalence of guns in society, balancing civil liberties against national security needs/law enforcement surveillance, and other subjects.

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League of Women Voters of Illinois
“State of the State” Luncheon Forum
The Role of News Media in 21st Century American Democracy
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

On Tuesday, September 9, ULCC Public Affairs co-sponsored the League of Women Voters of Illinois’ 2014 “State of the State” Luncheon Forum. This annual event featured a panel that examined “The Role of News Media in 21st Century American Democracy.” ULCC Executive Director of Public Affairs, Dave Kohn, moderated a discussion with journalists Randi Belisomo, Reporter with WGN-TV; Kristen McQueary of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board; and Amanda Vinicky, Statehouse Bureau Chief for WUIS/Illinois Public Radio.

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ULCC Public Affairs presents:
A Luncheon Forum with
Medal of Honor recipient, Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

On Tuesday, August 5, the Union League Club of Chicago hosted a luncheon with Medal of Honor (MOH) recipient, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts. At the luncheon, SSG Pitts recounted the events of July 13, 2008 near Wanat, Afghanistan that led to his receipt of the MOH. That morning, while serving with the 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, he and his fellow Soldiers were attacked by Taliban forces. Pitts and six other paratroopers were injured in the initial volley of fire and Pitts took shrapnel in both legs and his left arm. For more than an hour, he continued to fight and defend his position and his teammates, despite his injuries. Throughout the battle, despite the severity of his wounds, Pitts' toughness, determination, and ability to communicate while under fire allowed U.S. forces to hold the observation post and turn the tide of the battle.

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Breakfast@65West presents:
“The Second Amendment in the 21st Century”
A Forum with Michael Waldman and David Sigale
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

On Tuesday, June 10, Breakfast@65West presented a thought-provoking discussion about the Second Amendment with Michael Waldman and David Sigale.

Mr. Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, is author of The Second Amendment: A Biography. It presents the first post-Newtown assessment of how the Second Amendment has been interpreted over time, and how its current interpretation by the Supreme Court of the United States will shape the continuing public debate. Mr. Sigale successfully represented the Second Amendment Foundation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in the landmark Moore v. Madigan case that overturned Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed firearms.

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Lunch@65West presents:
“Illinois Schools – How to Get to Where We Need to Be”
A Forum with Dan Montgomery, President, Illinois Federation of Teachers
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On Tuesday, April 22, Lunch@65West presented a forum with Dan Montgomery, President, Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT). Mr. Montgomery, elected to serve as President of the IFT in 2010, addressed a wide range of issues concerning public education in remarks titled "Illinois Schools: How to Get to Where We Need to Be."

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Breakfast@65West presents:
Who Won, Who Lost, and Why?
A Post-Primary Analysis
Thursday, March 20, 2014

On March 20 – two days after the March 18 Primary Election – Breakfast@65West welcomed a distinguished panel of media analysts to discuss outcomes, explain meanings, anticipate November’s match-ups and engage in a lively question and answer exchange with the audience. Our panelists: Mary Ann Ahern, Political Reporter for NBC5 News; Madeleine Doubek, Chief Operating Officer of RebootIllinois.com (a civic affairs website promoting citizen engagement) and former Executive Editor of the Daily Herald; Bernie Schoenburg, Political Writer for the State Journal-Register; and Amanda Vinicky, Statehouse Bureau Chief for WUIS and the Illinois Public Radio Network.

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Breakfast@65West presents:
The Honorable John Cullerton
President, Illinois State Senate
Thursday, March 13, 2014

On March 13, Breakfast@65West welcomed Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. President Cullerton addressed a wide range of issues and challenges facing Illinois, including the state’s budgetary and public pension crises, economic development and job growth, taxation, legislative remap reform proposals, and much more. Following his address, he engaged audience members in a question-and-answer exchange.

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Breakfast@65West presents:
Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman,
Co-chair, Clean and Safe Energy Coalition
Thursday, March 6, 2014

On March 6, Breakfast@65West welcomed former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Co-chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition. At this program, Gov. Whitman released a new report about clean energy in Illinois and discussed the role that nuclear power plays in addressing America’s energy needs. Please enjoy the presentation by Gov. Whitman, who served as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for President George H.W. Bush and who has become a leading proponent for balanced and rational energy policies.

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Breakfast@65West & Reboot Illinois present:
Progressive vs. Flat Tax – Which is Right For Illinois?
Friday, February 28, 2014

On February 28, Breakfast@65West partnered with Reboot Illinois to present a forum debating the merits of Illinois’ current flat income tax vs. a progressive tax system. As Illinois’ temporary 67% income tax increase is set to expire on Jan. 1, 2015 (returning today’s 5% income tax rate to 3.75%), a discussion is underway in Springfield: should the 2011 rate hike end as promised or should the General Assembly allow this increase to become permanent? Should Illinois, like some states, adopt a progressive, or graduated, income tax?

Moderated by Reboot Illinois COO Madeleine Doubek, our Feb. 28 program featured State Representatives David McSweeney (R-52nd, Barrington) and Christian Mitchell (D-26th, Chicago) in a spirited debate over Illinois’ future tax policy – and what these choices mean to you, your family and our economy.

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The Union League Club of Chicago’s Public Affairs Committee,
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Field Museum present
State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

On January 28, ULCC Public Affairs, in partnership with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) and the Field Museum, presented State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, a special program and video screening featuring remarks by Dr. Steven Luckert, Curator of the Permanent Exhibition at the USHMM. The program was offered in conjunction with the national State of Deception touring exhibit, which was at the Field Museum through February 2.

The program included screening of a new 39-minute film, The Path to Nazi Genocide, produced by the USHMM and featuring never before seen footage from its archives. Dr. Luckert offered engaging remarks on both the exhibition and the film, and the steps Nazis took to make the unthinkable possible (NOTE: at approximately 4:19 into the audio podcast, The Path to Nazi Genocide film is introduced. You may wish to pause the audio at that point and view the 39-minute film via this You Tube link -- Path to Nazi Genocide – then resume the podcast when the film concludes).

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Breakfast@65West presents:
Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

On January 22, Breakfast@65West presented a forum featuring the Republican candidates seeking the office of Governor of Illinois. Participating candidates included State Senator Bill Brady, State Senator Kirk Dillard, and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford (candidate Bruce Rauner declined an invitation to participate). The candidates responded to a wide range of questions from our audience and engaged in a spirited debate about the issues confronting Illinois and its next Governor.

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Breakfast@65West presents Kirk Johnson, author of
To Be a Friend is Fatal: The Fight to Save Iraqis America Left Behind
Thursday, November 14, 2013

On November 14, Breakfast@65West welcomed Mr. Kirk Johnson, author of To Be a Friend is Fatal: The Fight to Save Iraqis America Left Behind." Discussing his compelling book, Mr. Johnson recounted his experiences as USAID’s only native-level Arabic-speaking American, assisting English-speaking Iraqi nationals who risked their lives to help the U.S. in their desperate attempts to flee Iraq once the U.S. began withdrawing. He described the deadly consequences that ensued for some and the frustrations and hardships facing thousands who still wait in a bizarre queue, where one certainty is that “to be a friend of the Americans can indeed be fatal.”

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Lectures in American Art Presents Dr. Dean A. Porter
Walter Ufer and Victor Higgins: Ambassadors to the Union League Club

Dean Porter, distinguished authority on Walter Ufer and Victor Higgins—celebrated Chicago painters and members of the Taos Society of Artists. Nearly a century ago, when officials at the Union League Club made important art acquisitions of Higgins’ Jacinto and the Suspicious Cat and Ufer’s Land of Mañana and later Near the Waterhole, they did not anticipate that these paintings would become the Club’s ambassadors. Dr. Porter will weave the fascinating story of this trio of masterworks and the role the Club played in advancing the careers of these two Chicago artists to the forefront of American art in the early 20th century.

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Breakfast@65West Presents: “State of the State”
A Forum co-sponsored with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and featuring
Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association and John Tillman of the Illinois Policy Institute

On October 30, Breakfast@65West and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum focusing on the fiscal, budgetary and governance problems facing our state – and possible solutions – from the viewpoint of two of our region's best-informed analysts: Better Government Association CEO Andy Shaw and Illinois Policy Institute CEO John Tillman. They engaged in a wide ranging and candid exchange with one another and our audience at this special Breakfast@65West event.

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Breakfast@65West Presents:
Everything You "Know" About Baby Boomer Retirement is Wrong…or at Least Misleading
Thursday, October 17, 2013

On October 17, Breakfast@65West welcomed Mr. Paul Schott Stevens, President and CEO of the Investment Company Institute, the national association of mutual funds and other investment companies, for a major speech on America’s retirement security. Among other topics, Mr. Stevens explained why the conventional wisdom is fundamentally wrong about retirement preparedness for Baby Boomers. Sharing his perspectives on Americans’ retirement security, Mr. Stevens discussed new research on individual retirement accounts, presented new data on how many retirees have private sector retirement income, and reviewed the state of 401(k) account participants in the wake of the financial crisis.

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Breakfast@65West Presents
Ilan Berman, author of
Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

On October 8, Breakfast@65West, in collaboration with Author's Group and the National Strategy Forum, welcomed Ilan Berman, author of Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America. Mr. Berman, who is Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C., painted a grim picture of Russia's precarious future, how the former superpower might unravel, and how the end of the Russian state as we know it will impact America.

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Breakfast@65West Presents
“Privatization in Chicago: Benefits and Pitfalls”
Wednesday, May 1, 2013

On May 1, Breakfast@65West presented a timely discussion on privatization, paying special attention to how Chicago might avoid mistakes like those associated with the 2008 lease of the city’s parking meters and how to realize the successes privatization backers promise. Our panelists Included Anders Lindall, Public Affairs Director, AFSCME Council 31; Emily Miller, Policy & Government Affairs Coordinator, Better Government Association; Lisa Neimark, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps; and Peter Skosey, Chairman, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Privatization Panel.

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Breakfast@65West Presents
“What Lies Ahead?”
A Forum with Charles Evans, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

On April 16, Breakfast@65West welcomed Charles Evans, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mr. Evans, a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee, provided his frank outlook on the Midwest, U.S. and global economies. An engaging audience Q&A followed his remarks.

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Breakfast@65West Presents
"The Gathering Storm"
A Forum with Ty Fahner, President of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

On March 6, Breakfast@65West welcomed Ty Fahner, President of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club, an organization that has led the call for immediate reform of Illinois’ public pension systems. A distinguished former Illinois Attorney General, Mr. Fahner discussed the gathering financial storm threatening our state’s fiscal solvency, “must-have” provisions needed to right Illinois’ financial ship, and necessary political steps.

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Breakfast@65West Presents
"Concealed Carry"
A Forum with State Senator Kwame Raoul and
State Representative Brandon Phelps
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

As the Illinois General Assembly continued deliberations to comply with a federal court ruling requiring enactment of a state law allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons, on March 26 Breakfast@65West welcomed State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) and State Representative Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) – appointed by Illinois Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan as lead negotiators – for a frank conversation about the elements the legislation may contain.

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The ULC Public Affairs’ Education Subcommittee Presents
The Role and Performance of Charter Schools
Thursday, February 28, 2013

On February 28, the Public Affairs’ Education Subcommittee presented a forum addressing the role and performance of charter schools in Chicago. The program was moderated by WBEZ Education Reporter Linda Lutton and featured three panelists: Clarice Berry, President of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association; Chicago Teachers Union Vice-President Jesse Sharkey; and Michael Milkie, CEO of Noble Schools. They engaged our moderator, one another, and our audience in a lively discussion of the merits of and concerns regarding the charter school movement.

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Breakfast@65West Presents
“What’s Going On with Higher Education in Illinois?”
A Forum with Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

On February 12, Breakfast@65West welcomed Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon for a frank report on Illinois’ public universities. As chair of the Joint Educational Leadership Committee, Lt. Governor Simon is charged with increasing to 60 percent the number of working-age adults in Illinois with college degrees or certificates by 2025. Following statewide meetings with business leaders, human resource executives, as well as faculty and students, Lt. Governor Simon discussed the changes Illinois must make today to remain competitive tomorrow.

At this forum, Lt. Governor Simon also unveiled a new report titled “GAME CHANGERS: Innovative Practices in Illinois Higher Education.” That document may be found on the Lt. Governor’s website by clicking Here.

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Breakfast@65West presents "No Arts, No Future"
The Lyric Opera's Anthony Freud interviewed by WFMT’s Andrew Patner
Thursday, January 10, 2013

On January 10, Breakfast@65West, in partnership with the ULC Civic & Arts Foundation and the ULC Art Committee, welcomed Anthony Freud, General Director of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Mr. Freud, a trained U.K. attorney who pursued his passion for opera, discussed the critical role that music, the fine arts, and the Lyric itself play in Chicago's future - and our national culture. Mr. Freud was interviewed by nationally-known arts journalist and music critic Andrew Patner.

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Breakfast@65West presents
Making State Government Work Again: A Forum with Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

On December 5, Breakfast@65West, in partnership with the Institute for Truth in Accounting, welcomed Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo. A nationally-recognized leader in reforming state government, she has been described by The Wall Street Journal as "The Democrat Who Took on the Unions." Treasurer Raimondo discussed how she persuaded the voting public, labor rank-and-file, and Rhode Island's Democratic-controlled General Assembly to put state pensions back on sound financial footing.

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Lunch@65West presents
Lunch with Cook Cty. Bd. President Toni Preckwinkle: "Midterm Report - We're Not Out of the Woods Yet"

Thursday, December 6, 2012

On Thursday, December 6, Lunch@65West welcomed Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Two years into her term, President Preckwinkle joined us for a special luncheon forum to report on the progress she has made cleaning up the fiscal and administrative mismanagement of her predecessor. She discussed what her reforms have accomplished, where County finances stand, the effect that growing pension liabilities have on taxpayers and the County, and other important topics.

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Breakfast@65West presents
Who Won, Who Lost, and Why: A Post-Election Analysis

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Two days after the national elections, Breakfast@65West welcomed an extraordinary panel of Chicago's top political reporters and editorial board writers to offer their views of the outcome. Our panelists were:

- ABC-7 Political Reporter Charles Thomas
- Presidential Biographer and Reporter Carol Felsenthal
- Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Page Editor Thomas McNamee
- Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Member Kristen McQueary

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Lunch@65West with Dr. Norman Ornstein:
The Meaning of the 2012 Presidential Election
Monday, November 19, 2012

At this luncheon co-sponsored with the Stevenson Center, Dr. Ornstein (a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute) shared his insights into the recent presidential election and discussed his latest book, It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With The New Politics of Extremism, which received critical acclaim for its analysis of partisan polarization and its effects on contemporary governance and civic action.

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Kerry James Marshall, ULC Distinguished Artist 2001
Kerry James Marshall’s paintings, works on paper, sculptures, installations, and public projects explore issues of race and the representation of African Americans. He confronts and critiques racial stereotypes while simultaneously celebrating African-American history and contemporary culture. His figures are notable for their profound blackness, and his paintings often reflect Renaissance and Baroque techniques and compositions—formal devices he employs to reclaim the beauty, reassert the power and lend agency to the portrayal of African Americans in his paintings.

Internationally celebrated, collected, and exhibited, Kerry James Marshall is one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. He is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “genius award” (1997) and his art is in the permanent collections of the most important museums throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has enjoyed numerous solo exhibitions and has participated in the Whitney Biennial (1997), Documenta X (1997), and the Venice Biennale (2003). Born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Marshall moved to Chicago in 1987. He served as Professor of Art at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1993–2006).

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Vera Klement, ULC Distinguished Artist 2001

Vera Klement will tell the extraordinary story of her life as an artist: from escaping the Nazis and immigrating with her family to the U.S. during World War II to her days as a young artist in New York in the 1950s and 1960s to finding her artistic voice and her enduring career as one of Chicago's celebrated artists. Klement's signature style blends abstraction and expressive figuration, and she played a major role for both women and abstract artists in Chicago. In addition to her interview with Bob Hiebert, Vera Klement: Blunt Edge, the Academy Award-winning documentary short film by Wonjung Bae, will be screened.

Creating art for more than 60 years, Vera Klement has enjoyed numerous solo exhibitions and her work is included in the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., among other prestigious museums. She is Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago (1969-1995). Bob Hiebert is co-founder of Printworks Gallery (est. 1980) in Chicago's River North Gallery District.

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Major General Joseph Anderson

Union League Club of Chicago member Major General Joseph Anderson is well known to ULCC members. He served as Commanding Officer of the 502nd Regiment/101st Airborne Division (which is supported by our Chicago 502 organization) and led the Regiment during its deployment into Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. As the 502’s Commander, then-Colonel Anderson directed operations in July 2003 that led to the demise of Uday and Qusay Hussein, the sons of the late Iraqi dictator.

Prior to his current assignment at the Pentagon as Director of Operations, Readiness and Mobilization, he served as Chief of Staff, U.S. Forces-Iraq and worked daily with General Raymond Odierno on policy to help shape the future of Iraq. The Union League Club and the Chicago 502 are proud to invite members and their guests to an exclusive luncheon with Major General Anderson and this rare opportunity to hear from one of America’s preeminent military leaders.

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Authors Group presents Molly Ringwald
In Getting the Pretty Back, Molly encourages every woman to become "the sexiest, funniest, smartest, best-dressed, and most confident woman that you can be." She shares personal anecdotes and entertaining insights about the struggle to get through the murky milestones and identity issues that crop up long after the prom ends. Whether she's discussing sex and beauty, personal style, travel and entertaining, motherhood, or friendship, Molly embodies the spirit of being fabulous at every age, and reminds us all that prettiness is a state of mind: it's "the part of you that knows what you really want, that takes risks."

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U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-5th Dist., Illinois)
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-5th Dist., Illinois), who will discuss an initiative he is leading - “Reinventing Washington" - to address our nation's fiscal and budgetary challenges.

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Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld
Wednesday, February 16 2011

On Wednesday, February 16, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited the Club to speak about his new book "Known and Unknown." Rumsfeld spoke to packed audience in the Main Dining Room about his career in public service. Moderated by Bill Kurtis, Rumsfeld explained why the U.S. chose to enter Iraq. He also revealed his biggest regret.

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Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta
On Tuesday, December 14, the ULC proudly hosted a luncheon with SSG. Salvatore Giunta, the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

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Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010
President George W. Bush “Decision Points"

President George W. Bush visited the Club to discuss his book "Decision Points." Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley also sat on stage with President Bush as he spoke to a SRO audience of members and their guests.

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Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010
"From Harold Washington to Barack Obama: Race in Politics Then and Now"

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Public Affairs Subcommittee on Race hosted an afternoon forum entitled "From Harold Washington to Barack Obama: Race in Politics Then and Now" to examine the impact of race in the context of two significant elections involving African-American politicians separated by more than two decades: the racially-charged1983 election of Harold Washington as Chicago’s first black Mayor, and Barack Obama’s election in 2008 as America’s first black President.
Our moderator for this forum was Richard Steele, a host of numerous programs at Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ/91.5 FM. Our panelists included Dr. Donald Haider, Professor of Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and past budget director and chief financial officer for the City of Chicago; Alton Miller, Associate Dean, School of Media Arts, Columbia College Chicago, and former press secretary to Mayor Washington; Mary Mitchell, an editorial board member and columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times; and Lee Walker, president of The New Coalition for Economic and Social Change and a senior fellow of The Heartland Institute.

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May 19, 2010

A Conversation with General David H. Petraeus
Commander, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM)

The Union League Club of Chicago and its Chicago 502 organization (which supports the soldiers of the 502nd Regiment/101st Airborne Division) proudly welcomed Gen. David Petraeus to the Club on May 19 to discuss ongoing efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and across his command to promote cooperation, to respond to crises, to deter aggression and to promote security and stability.

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, General Petraeus has an MPA and Ph.D. in International Relations from Princeton University and completed a Fellowship at Georgetown University. He assumed command of CENTCOM in October 2008 after serving 19 months as the Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I), the most senior U.S. Commander in Iraq. Prior to his service as MNF-I Commander, he commanded the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and the Multi-National Security Transition Command in Iraq, where he was charged with overseeing efforts to rebuild Iraqi security forces.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
"Biological Terrorism: Is America's Prepared?"

The March Breakfast@65West program focused on the threat posed to the United States by bioterrorism. A series of biological attacks in major cities could kill tens of thousands, sowing panic of unprecedented proportions. How can cities work with national and international authorities to prepare for bio-attacks? What is being done – or should be done – to prevent such attacks? The forum featured a presentation by Professor Barry Kellman, Director of the International Weapons Control Center at the DePaul University College of Law and a national leader in addressing these vital questions. Prof. Kellman was joined by Major General (Ret.) Charles E. Tucker (USAF), Executive Director of the International Human Rights Law Institute and a respected practitioner of international and humanitarian law.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009
America’s Economy--How Bad Will It Get? When Will It Improve?

The U.S. economy is gripped by its worst recession in recent memory. Unemployment is up, consumer spending is down. The Federal Reserve has flooded the economy with money and the government has engaged in numerous bailouts and interventions. The Obama Administration and Congress have enacted several of the largest spending bills in history, with accompanying increases in our national debt. The Chinese finance minister has raised the possibility of the dollar’s demise as the global reserve currency and the Europeans politely declined to stimulate their economies as we have ours.
Where is this headed? How bad will it get and when will it improve? What will halt the slide? Keynesian spending? Further expansion of the money supply? Tax cuts? Tax hikes? More regulation? Less regulation?
Please join us as we welcome noted economists who will share their insights and answer your questions in a lively format. Our panel includes:

Professor Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, University of Illinois

Paul K. Hoffmeister, Chief Economist of Bretton Woods Research LLC.

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