FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Date: February 19, 2002

   Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

UIS Politics and Policy Series concludes with analysis of the primary election

SPRINGFIELD - The UIS Politics and Policy Series, 2001-2002, will present “Illinois Primary Election Wrap-up 2002,” a critical discussion and analysis of the March 19 primary election results in Illinois and their implications for the November general election and beyond, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 25, in Brookens Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. Free and open to the public, the forum will be broadcast live on WUIS (91.9 FM)/WIPA (89.3) and taped for later broadcast on Illinois Public Radio and Illinois Public Television. A reception will immediately follow the forum.

This is the third and final program in the Politics and Policy Series for the academic year. The series presents public forums on important issues facing Illinois policymakers and citizens, bringing together public officials, journalists, and academics to analyze events and share insights and perspectives with more depth and reflection than is sometimes possible in everyday life.  Each program includes brief presentations by panel members, followed by questions from the audience and discussion.

Panelists for this program include three Statehouse journalists and a faculty member from UIS’ Illinois Legislative Studies Center. Panel members and their topics will be Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune, “Statewide Races”; Kristen McQueary, Daily Southtown, “State Legislative Races -- Chicago and the Suburbs”; Kate Clements, Champaign News-Gazette, “State Legislative Races – Downstate”; and Kent Redfield, professor of Political Studies and Illinois Legislative Studies

Center, “Campaign Financing 2003.” The moderator will be ILSC director Christopher Z. Mooney.

Sponsors of the Politics and Policy series are UIS= Illinois Legislative Studies Center, Illinois Issues magazine, Institute for Public Affairs, Political Studies program, and Speakers’ Series Committee.

For more information, contact Mooney at (217) 206-6574 or by e-mail at mooney.christopher@uis.edu, or isit http://ilsc.uis.edu.