DePaul event promises to leave no Chicago election stone unturned

26 Jan

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The Chicago election Feb. 22 already is one for the books, no matter who’s on the ballot, and it will get special attention Feb. 9 at DePaul University from a panel of experts that includes a campaign reformer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former Cook County elected official.

The event, open to the public is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the College of Communication’s lower level auditorium at 247 S. State St. in the heart of DePaul’s Loop campus. The moderator will be Thom Serafin, a FOX-TV political analyst and president of a Chicago public policy business.

Other panelists include: Bruce Dold, Pulitzer winner and Chicago Tribune editorial page editor; Cynthia Canary, executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform; Mick Dumke, political reporter for the Chicago News Co-Operative; and James Houlihan, outgoing Cook County Assessor.

The group figures to be lively. Each has been closely following the campaigns, which will see a non-incumbent elected Chicago mayor for the first time in 60 years. In addition, the results figure to provide the new mayor with a city council filled with up to 15 new faces from the 50 wards.

The panel brings together several areas of expertise, including Houlihan’s knowledge of budgetary challenges and Canary’s familiarity with new campaign finance rules in play for the first time in Chicago.

While free and open to the public, anyone interested in attending is asked to e-mail this address in advance: mconkli2[@]depaul.edu, or call 312-362-7645.

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