September 11 – Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar will discuss Illinois politics in the modern age during a Constitution Day presentation Monday at Millikin University.
The community-wide conversation is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room on the third floor of the University Commons. The event is part of the Doug and Diane Oberhelman Leadership Impact Series and is open to the public at no cost through the Thomas W. Ewing Lecture Fund.
Edgar was elected Illinois’ 38th governor in 1990, following fellow Republican Jim Thompson. He was re-elected in 1994 by carrying all but one of the state’s 102 counties. He chose not to seek a third term despite holding the highest approval rating of any Illinois chief executive.
After retiring from office, Edgar served as a resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and is now a distinguished fellow at the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs.
Edgar also will speak to students in Millikin’s American Political Behavior course from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in Shilling Hall, then meet with other students at the Common Grounds coffee shop in the University Commons at 3:30 p.m.