2003 Chicago Conservative Conference to Feature U.S. Senate Candidate Forum

April 22, 2003
Greg Lackner



CHICAGO, IL: The first event to feature declared and potential candidates for U.S. Senate in Illinois will take place at the Chicago Conservative Conference on May 17, 2003, at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago.

The candidate forum will take place during lunch. Candidates will be asked to make brief statements and then take questions from the audience. All candidates, regardless of party affiliation, are being asked to attend.

The one-day event will also feature nationally known speakers Morton Blackwell of the Leadership Institute; Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform; Larry Patrick, former president of the Detroit School Board; Janet LaRue of Concerned Women for America; John Lott of the American Enterprise Institute; and Jay Lehr, science director for The Heartland Institute and head of Environmental Education Enterprises.

The Chicago Conservative Conference will also include well-known Illinois and Chicago area conservative and libertarian activists, including DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett; Allan Carlson of The Howard Center; retired Lieutenant Colonel Rich Gordon, a recent war analyst for WGN-TV and CLTV; University of Chicago law professor Richard Epstein; Village of Maywood Mayor Ralph Conner; and WLS-AM radio host Teri O’Brien.

The program will allow area conservatives and libertarians to hear a series of dynamic presentations by the featured speakers as well as take part in breakout sessions, where participants can interact more closely with the speakers.

Admission for the day, including continental breakfast and lunch, is $39. Reservations can be made by visiting www.conservativeconference.com or by calling The Heartland Institute at 312/377-4000.

This year’s Chicago Conservative Conference is co-sponsored by the American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Concerned Women for America, Family Taxpayers Network, Federalist Society/Chicago Chapter, The Heartland Institute, The Howard Center, Leader Media, Inc., Lincoln Legal Foundation, National Taxpayers Union, and The United Republican Fund.


Greg Lackner is public affairs director for The Heartland Institute. His email address is lackner@heartland.org