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North Park Hosts Discussion With Legislators

Government officials visit North Park University

CHICAGO (September 10, 2009) – A panel of representatives from the local, state and federal government were on hand Thursday, September 10, to report on their recent legislative activities in a special briefing on the North Park University campus.

The discussion took place in Hamming Hall from 9–10:30 a.m. State Senator Ira Silverstein and State Representative John D’Amico joined Alderman Margaret Laurino, and Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer on the panel. Also participating were David McDermott, community outreach director for congressman Richard Durbin; Kimberly Walz, district director for congressman Mike Quigley; and Leah Pouw, assistant to State Representative Deborah Mell. North Park President David Parkyn welcomed the guests and served as a mediator.

Each participant shared formal comments before fielding questions from the audience, which was comprised of dozens of individuals from the University and surrounding community. Among the topics addressed were the future of small business in Chicago, developments in mass transit, how budget cuts in Springfield have affected local nonprofits, and the impact of stimulus dollars on Illinois and the United States.

The event was sponsored by the Albany Park Community Center, Peterson Pulaski Business and Industrial Council, Pulaski Elston Business Association, and Sauganash Chamber of Commerce.