FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: October 31, 2000

                                                                                                            Contact: Lezli Austen

UIS to host forum on the 2000 Illinois elections

SPRINGFIELD – Elections 2000 – Illinois will kick off the UIS Politics and Policy Series, 2000-2001, a series of two public forums on important issues facing Illinois policymakers and citizens today. The forum will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November14, in the University of Illinois at Springfield’s Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center. The event is free and open to the public and will be taped for broadcast on WUIS-91.9 FM at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 17.

The series will bring together public officials, journalists, and academics to analyze events and share insights and perspectives with depth and reflection. The format will include panelist presentation, discussion, and audience interaction.

Panelists for the first forum will include Senator Kirk W. Dillard (R-Downers Grove); Representative Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago); Adriana Colindres, Copley Illinois Newspapers; and Kent Redfield, UIS professor of political studies, who will analyze the 2000 state election campaigns and results in Illinois and discuss their implications for the future.

            The forum is sponsored by UIS’ Illinois Legislative Studies Center, Illinois Issues, the Institute for Public Affairs, and the political studies program. For more information, contact Chris Mooney, Illinois Legislative Studies Center, by phone at (217) 206-6574 or by e-mail at

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