FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      Date:  March 28, 2001

                                                                                      Contact:  Lezli Austen

Former Governor Jim Edgar to speak at UIS

SPRINGFIELD Former Governor Jim Edgar will speak on From History Major to the Governor’s Mansion at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3, in the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Studio Theatre. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Edgar will chronicle his odyssey into policymaking and politics and address the importance of a liberal arts education. Edgar’s career in government spans 30 years.  He worked in the legislative branch for 10 years, including election to the Illinois House of Representatives. He also served for 20 years in the executive branch, including 10 years as secretary of state and eight years as Illinois’ 38th governor.

                Governor Edgar inherited a state teetering on bankruptcy and restored fiscal stability and integrity to Illinois by downsizing and restructuring state government.  When he entered office in 1991, the state was 1 billion dollars in debt.  When he left office in 1999, the state had a 1.5 billion-dollar surplus. 

          When Edgar left, the Chicago Tribune stated that his instincts and motives were as sound as those of any governor the state has had.  A Chicago columnist stated that his popularity in Illinois was second only to Michael Jordan’s.

            Governor Edgar is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs and lectures at other colleges and universities throughout the state.  In the fall of 1999 he was a resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  Edgar also serves on a variety of corporate and civic boards.

The event is sponsored by the UIS History Club, with help from the Inter-Club Council Board and Continuing Education.

For more information, call (217) 206-7460 or 206-7430.