2012 MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO - CHICAGO, IL NOVEMBER 9TH – 10TH, 2012

AGENDA
FRIDAY
7:00-9:00pm CONFERENCE CHECK-IN and CHAPTER INTRODUCTIONS, Tribune Lounge McCormick Tribune Lounge, Reynolds Club 5706 South University Avenue, Chicago, IL

SATURDAY
9:00-10:00am BREAKFAST, Harper 130 Room 130, Harper Memorial Library 1116 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 INTRODUCTION TO CHAPTER PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, Harper 130 -ALINA CHARNIAUSKAYA Midwest Regional Coordinator, RICN MEET TO WALK TOGETHER TO POLICY PANEL, Harper 130 “WHAT NOW?” POLICY PANEL, Social Sciences 122 How the 2012 Elections will Shape Policy from the Beltway to the Midway -WILL BURNS Chicago 4th Ward Alderman -HEATHER STEANS IL State Senator (D-Chicago) -KIRK DILLARD IL State Senator (R-Westmont) -PARIS SCHUTZ (Moderator) Political Correspondent for WTTW (PBS) Room 122, Social Sciences Building 1126 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637 12:30-1:30pm LUNCH and KEYNOTE SPEECH, Harper 130 -TAYLOR JO ISENBERG National Director, RICN BREAKOUT SESSIONS   THINK 2040, Harper 130 -TERESA MARIE Midwest Policy Coordinator, RICN

10:00-10:30am

10:30-10:40am 11:00am12:30pm

1:30-2:30pm

GOVERNMENT BY AND FOR MILLENIAL AMERICA, Harper 145 - ALINA CHARNIAUSKAYA Midwest Regional Coordinator, RICN

2012 MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO - CHICAGO, IL NOVEMBER 9TH – 10TH, 2012 2:30-3:00pm POLICY INCUBATOR WORKSHOP, Harper 130 -TERESA MARIE Midwest Policy Coordinator, RICN MIDWEST POLICY EXPOSITION, TBD BREAK and SNACK, Harper 130 POLICY CENTER BREAKOUTS       DEFENSE AND DIPLOMACY, Harper 125 -TERESA MARIE, Michigan State University ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, Harper 145 -MAIRA KHWAJA, University of Chicago EDUCATION, Harper 151 -MATT COLLINS, University of Chicago ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT, Harper 130 (West End) -VITAS ZUKOWSKI, University of Chicago EQUAL JUSTICE, Harper 135 -ALINA CHARNIAUSKAYA, University of Michigan HEALTHCARE, Harper 130 (East End) -CAILYN LINGWALL, Allegheny College

3:00-4:00pm 4:00-4:30pm 4:30-5:30pm

5:30-6:00pm 6:00-7:00pm

POLICY PRESENTATIONS, Harper 130 CHAPTER GROWTH WORKSHOPS 

DEVELOPING A ROOSEVELT CHAPTER, Harper 130 -VITAS ZUKOWSKI Midwest New Chapter Coordinator, RICN SOCIAL MEDIA UTILIZATION, Harper 151 -CAILYN LINGWALL Midwest Communications Coordinator, RICN HOW TO PITCH ROOSEVELT, Harper 145 -ALINA CHARNIAUSKAYA Midwest Regional Coordinator, RICN HOW TO TEACH “THINK 2040”, Harper 135 -TERESA MARIE Midwest Policy Coordinator, RICN

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7:00-8:00pm

DINNER and AWARDS CEREMONY, Harper 130

2012 MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO - CHICAGO, IL NOVEMBER 9TH – 10TH, 2012

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES
Heather Steans – Illinois State Senator, 7th District (D-Chicago)
Heather Steans has represented I llinois Senate District 7 for four years. She graduated from Princeton with a B.A. in Urban Studies and received her M.A. in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Steans’ professional career has focused on government finance, economic development and education reform. She is the former budget director of the Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, and served as a strategic planner with the Chicago Public Schools. Currently Senator Steans is chair of the Appropriations I Committee, vice chair of the Environment Committee, cochair on the bipartisan, bicameral Medicaid Advisory Committee, and serves on the Public Health and Human Services committees. Steans passed Medicaid reform legislation to address the state’s $2.7 billion shortfall, ensuring ongoing solvency of the Medicaid program.

Kirk Dillard – Illinois State Senator, 24th District (R-Westmont)
Sen. Dillard was first sworn-in as an elected Senator to the General Assembly beginning in 1995. From December 1990 to December 1993, Dillard served with distinction as Chief of Staff to former Governor Jim Edgar. He was a Judge on the Court of Claims from February 1987 to December 1990, and Director of Legislative Affairs for former Governor James Thompson from October 1983 to February 1987. In 2010, Dillard ran for the Republican nomination for Governor of Illinois. Kirk Dillard is the minority spokesman for both the Senate Assignments Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Dillard is also a member of the Senate Energy Committee, member of the Senate Licensed Activities Committee, member of the Senate Redistricting Committee and a member of the Senate Criminal Law Committee. The Senator also serves as a mentor for the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Will Burns – City of Chicago Alderman, 4th Ward
Will Burns was elected to represent the residents of Chicago's 4th Ward as Alderman on the Chicago City Council in February 2011 after serving two terms in the Illinois General Assembly. Prior to his election to the Illinois House in 2008, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Illinois Senate President. He has also served in a number of political and policy capacities, including Vice President of Program and Field Offices for the Chicago Urban League, Education and Tax Policy Manager for the Metropolitan Planning Council, Deputy Political Director for Quinn for Illinois 2010 and Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama for Congress 2000. Burns was named an Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Chicago.

2012 MIDWEST REGIONAL CONFERENCE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO - CHICAGO, IL NOVEMBER 9TH – 10TH, 2012

Paris Schutz – Political Correspondent, WTTW (Chicago Public Media)
Paris Schutz is Political Correspondent for “Chicago Tonight,” aired on the WTTW Chicago affiliate of PBS. He is the winner of this year’s Peter Lisagor Award for “Best Television Reporter,” given by the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Schutz has covered some of the major political events of the past year, including the 2012 Republican National Convention, the 2012 NATO Summit, and the Chicago Teachers Strike. He has interviewed a host of public officials one-on-one, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and top Obama Strategist David Axelrod. He also composed and performed Chicago Tonight’s Theme Song with CSO Trumpeter John Hagstrom. Schutz is native of suburban River Forest, and a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep and the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

Taylor Jo Isenberg – National Director, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
As National Director, Taylor Jo’s role is to develop and strengthen Roosevelt’s framework to best serve the students in the network and the change they’re creating in their communities through policy. Prior to joining the Roosevelt Campus Network as National Director, she witnessed the extraordinary potential of Roosevelt’s think impact model at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she helped facilitate relationships between Roosevelt students and local non-profits as the Vice President of Policy Implementation. As Southern Regional Coordinator, Taylor created an identity around the ‘Dirty South,’ guiding southern chapters as they provided solutions to the many challenges facing the region.

Alina Chaniauskaya –
Midwest Regional Coordinator, RICN
Alina is a senior at University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, studying Political Science, Russian and Eastern European Studies with a minor in Modern Western European Studies. Her primary areas of interest include defense and diplomacy, particularly issues pertaining to democratization, human and minority rights, and economic development in the former USSR bloc.

Cailyn Lingwall –
Midwest Communications Coordinator, RICN
Cailyn is a sophomore at Allegheny College studying Political Science with a Global Health minor. She is the secretary for the Allegheny College Roosevelt Institute chapter. On campus, She has been very active with political events through Roosevelt, as well as Greek Life. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and following current events.

Teresa Marie –
Midwest Policy Coordinator, RICN
Teresa studies International Relations at Michigan State University, specializing in International Development, focusing on Russia and the Middle East. Passionate about foreign policy, Teresa is actively involved in Model United Nations, also working for MSUMUN, a non-profit organization which hosts a Model UN conference for high school students. She is focused on the Michigan Blueprint project. She has also interned at the Chicago Transit Authority through the Roosevelt Summer Academy, presenting an initiative to protect the Great Lakes at the Hyde Park Policy Summit.

Vitas Zukowski –
Midwest New Chapter Coordinator, RICN
Vitas is a third year Public Policy Studies and Political Science major at the University of Chicago. Since his first year in college he has been involved with Roosevelt, and is now the vice-president of the UChicago chapter. He has experience working on both the legislative and campaign sides of politics, in addition to being an avid on-campus activist. His interests lie mainly in environmental issues, with an emphasis on transportation, which has included work on congestion pricing in Chicago and Midwestern high speed rail.

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