LAKE FOREST – LAKE BLUFF – The League of Women Voters of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area (LWV-LF/LB) invites the public to attend its annual fiscal policy program, “Understanding the Ongoing Budget Impasse: Pathways to Resolution” on Monday, April 10, 2017, 7:00 p.m., at Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, Illinois. Come hear two experts — Scott Drury, Illinois State Representative for the 58th District, and Ralph Martire, Executive Director for the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, discuss the ongoing state budget impasse, its impact, and how or when it might be resolved. The program will be moderated by Susan Garrett, Past President LWV-LF/LB, former Illinois State Representative for the 59th District and former Illinois State Senator for the 29th District. Garrett currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the non-partisan Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.
Scott Drury was elected as State Representative for the 58th District in 2013. Rep. Drury is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney serving from 2003 to 2011. He now practices law in the private sector and is an adjunct professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Scott Drury is widely regarded as the most independent voice in Illinois’ General Assembly where he routinely works with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to fight for fiscal reform.
Ralph Martire is executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. In February, 2011, he was appointed to serve on the U.S. Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission. He is a distinguished lecturer on public policy for Roosevelt University and has taught fiscal policy seminars for various universities and the International Fulbright Scholar Program. Ralph Martire is also a regular columnist on education, fiscal and economic policy for the State Journal Register and Daily Herald.
Martire received the Adlai Stevenson Award for Public Service presented by the American Society for Public Administration to honor one individual with a connection to the Chicago area that has made outstanding contributions to government and public administration over an extended period of time.
The event is complimentary and open to the public. The speakers will answer questions after their presentations.
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