FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Date: November 7, 2001

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

UIS presents Politics and Policy Series 2001-2002

SPRINGFIELD –  “Redistricting Post Mortem 2001,” the first program in the Politics and Policy Series 2001-2002 presented by the University of Illinois at Springfield, will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, November 26, in Brookens Auditorium, located on level one of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. The forum is free and open to the public and will be broadcast live on WUIS (91.9)/WIPA (89.3) FM, and taped for later broadcast on Illinois Public Radio and Illinois Public Television.

Politics and Policy is a series of public forums on important issues facing Illinois policymakers and citizens.  The series brings 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.  The format includes brief presentations by panel members, followed by audience questions and discussion.

The first session, “Redistricting Post Mortem,” will present a critical discussion and analysis of the 2001 redistricting of congressional and state legislative districts in Illinois and the potential impact. Speakers and their topics will be Michael McDonald, UIS assistant professor of Political Studies and Illinois Legislative Studies Center, “Re-Map Making and Reading”; Charles Wheeler, director of UIS= Public Affairs Reporting program, “The Political Impacts of the New State Legislative Map”; Maria Valdez, senior litigator, Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund,

“The Impact of the 2001 Maps on Minority Interests”; and Daniel Burkhalter, director of government relations, Illinois Education Association, “The Impact of the New Map on Lawmaking in Illinois.” Christopher Z. Mooney, director of UIS= Illinois Legislative Studies Center, will moderate.

Future sessions will examine “The FY2003 Illinois State Budge: Issues and Process” (February 25), and “The Illinois Primary Election 2002: A New Map and a New Governor” (March 25).

UIS sponsors of the Politics and Policy series are the Illinois Legislative Studies Center, Illinois Issues magazine, the Institute for Public Affairs, and the Political Studies program.

For more information, contact Mooney at (217) 206-6574 or by e-mail at, or visit