MPC 2010 Annual Luncheon: Illinois - Is there a cure?

June 21, 2010

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Featuring Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, and U.S. Representative Mark Kirk, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.

With the U.S. economy showing signs of recovery, American voters are looking to their elected officials to make decisions and support reforms that will protect us from the kind of devastating downturn we have experienced the last two years.

In Illinois "which has a structural deficit estimated at $12.8 billion, among the highest foreclosure rates in the nation, and an infamous reputation for political shenanigans” voters are weary and wary. They have the opportunity, in 2010, to elect both a new U.S. Senator and Governor. Before they do, they want to know where the candidates stand on the issues that are essential to the ongoing economic and environmental health of our state and country.

In a non-debate format, the candidates share their plans and priorities for achieving livable communities, improving coordination among federal agencies, maximizing the next federal surface transportation bill, and implementing the region's 2040 growth and development plan.

At the luncheon, MPC also honors Whistler's Crossing, Riverdale, Ill., with the 2010 Burnham Award for Excellence in Planning.

 

Recorded Monday, June 21, 2010 at Hyatt Regency Chicago.