Illinois’ Higher Education Future: A Catalyst for Economic Opportunity and Positive Social Change

Join us for a panel discussion and be a part of a LIVE broadcast on WLS Radio!

 Topic: Illinois’ Higher Education Future: A Catalyst for Economic Opportunity and Positive Social Change

 Illinois’ universities and community colleges sit atop an education ecosystem that feeds our economy with talented works and bolsters vibrant communities across our state.  Leading in education is no longer just about teaching and curriculum, it’s about being a catalyst for economic opportunity, urban renewal and positive social change.

Join Illinois’ Higher Education Leadership for a panel discussion on how they are advancing transformational change in our workforce and communities as well as handling issues like crippling student loan debt, opportunities for free tuition, and retaining the top talent they educate.



Chancellor Robert Jones, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign

Chancellor Juan Salgado, City Colleges of Chicago

President Robert Zimmer, University of Chicago

Moderators: John Howell, WLS Radio host and Andrea Darlas,University of Illinois, Senior Director of Constituent Engagement

Date: October 10, 2019

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm 

  • Networking 5:00pm-5:50pm

  • Panel and Live broadcast starts promptly at 6:00pm, you MUST be seated by 5:50pm

Where: WLS Studios, in the NBC Tower, 455 N. Cityfront, Chicago, Illinois

Dress: Business Casual

Must Bring ID: In order to attend, you must check in with security and show a government-issued ID.

Parking Info:  

A City in Crisis: Youth, Violence, and Breaking the Cycle

As Chicago’s epidemic of violence continues to escalate, our city is in a dangerous position that must be urgently addressed before more lives are lost.  Join us for a panel of activists and leaders in education, business and law enforcement for an important discussion on how the unique sectors of our communities can contribute to help solve this complex issue, and set Chicago on a positive path forward.

In every crisis, there’s a real opportunity.  We have amazing young men living on the south and west sides of Chicago with extraordinary potential to do good.

-Arne Duncan, Managing Partner Chicago CRED


Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Arne Duncan, Chicago CRED, Managing Partner

Carl Allegretti, Deloitte, Chicago Managing Partner

Valerie Groth, Ryan Banks Academy, Founder and CEO


Sylvia Perez, Fox 32 News, Anchor and Reporter

WHEN: June 11, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE: Union League Club of Chicago, Crystal Ballroom, 65 West Jackson, Chicago, IL

Tickets: $33

*Cash bar

*Per Union League of Chicago rules, no denim please

Sneak Peek Screening of Episode from Final Season of VEEP and Interview with Cast Member Gary Cole 4/11

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Rolling Stone's review of Veep's final season asked, "What do you do when you’re a political satire at a time when real-life politics have become so cravenly absurd as to defy parody? If you’re Veep, you get meaner."

Join us for a private screening of an episode from the award-winning series VEEP's last and final season and hear from cast member Gary Cole, who plays political strategist Kent Davidson, who will sit down with Lincoln Forum for Q&A.

WHEN: Thu, April 11, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

WHERE: Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard

Gary is known for his humor, so this promises to be an exciting night. Bring your most pressing questions about the show, audience will have an opportunity to ask questions!

Rolling Stone called Veep's final season a "goodbye that stings".

Come have a drink with us, join us for this rare opportunity to get a preview of what the Veep final season hype is all about, and talk up close and personal with Illinois native and cast member Gary Cole!

See the trailer for Veep's final season here.

*Cash bar available.

*No denim

Lincoln Forum and Fox 32 News Present the Chicago Mayoral Candidate Forum February 7th

The Lincoln Forum, in partnership with Fox 32 News and the Union League Club of Chicago present Chicago Mayoral Candidate Forum on February 7, 2019.  

Hear from the top 5 mayoral candidates as to why he or she deserves your vote in 2019!

Mike Flannery, Political Editor for Fox 32 News, will moderate the forum.

The forum will be aired LIVE on Fox 32. Be part of the LIVE audience and get a chance to ask the candidates about the issues you care about most.

Date: February 7, 2019

Time: Doors open at 5 PM, Forum begins at 6 PM

Location: Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL in the Lincoln Ballroom

Ticket Price: $35 (limit 6 tickets per order)

**No campaign signs, t-shirts, buttons, etc. will be allowed.