Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to discuss her first 100 days in office at SXU

Free lecture is at 6:30 p.m. on Tues., April 5

Chicago (March 17, 2011) Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is the next guest speaker in Saint Xavier University’s Squeaky Weal lecture series on Tues., April 5.

Preckwinkle’s lecture, titled “The First 100 Days in Office,” is free and open to the public. It begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago Campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Preckwinkle was elected Cook County Board President on Nov. 2, 2010. She has been a community leader for more than two decades and was elected as 4th Ward alderman after a grassroots campaign in 1991. Preckwinkle sponsored the Living Wage and Affordable Housing Ordinances and was a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to institute a more racially equitable map of Chicago's ward boundaries. She also sponsored an ordinance that limits the establishment of payday loan stores and was a lead sponsor of the anti-smoking ordinance.

Preckwinkle received the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization “Best Alderman” Award in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2008, and the 1997 and 2009 Leon Despres Awards. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. Preckwinkle taught high school history for ten years before being elected to the City Council and is married with two children.

This lecture is part of the annual Squeaky Weal Lecture Series, which aims to provide thoughtful discussion of public issues with a focus on their ethical dimensions and their impact on the common good. It is sponsored by SXU’s Center for Religion and Public Discourse. For more information, contact



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