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Altgeld Forum at UIS examines constitutional question

March 19, 2008

Contact: Dennis Rendleman, 217/206-6324, drend1@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD - The subject of the annual Altgeld Forum at the University of Illinois at Springfield will be the state's Constitution referendum. "Constitutional Convention: Pro or Con-Con?" will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. The event is free and open to the public.

In November 2008, voters will be asked to decide whether to call a convention to consider amendments to the 1970 Illinois Constitution or redraft the entire document.

Sponsored by the UIS Pre-Law Center, the program will feature a panel discussion by Mary Lee Leahy and John Alexander, both delegates to the 1969 Constitutional Convention, and UIS Professor Emeritus Frank Kopecky, author of Understanding the Illinois Constitution.

A reception will follow the program.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor Dennis Rendleman, director of the UIS Pre-Law Center, at 217/206-6324.



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