Heartland Institute Plans Forum and Benefit Dinner in Chicago on September 23, 2004

Published August 4, 2004

The Heartland Institute, a 20-year-old national nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, will host on Thursday, September 23, a day-long conference addressing education, environment, health care, legal reform, technology, and taxes.

Heartland’s Emerging Issues Forum will be followed by the group’s Twentieth Anniversary Benefit Dinner, featuring among CNN’s Robert Novak and the Wall Street Journal‘s John Fund.

Emerging Issues Forum

The Heartland Emerging Issues Forum will feature panel presentations by Heartland senior fellows and managing editors along with public policy experts from the leading free-market think tanks and advocacy groups in the country. The focus is on anticipating issues and ideas that will play major roles in public policy debates in 2005 and beyond. Among the event’s speakers:

Jon Caldara, Independence Institute, Colorado
George A. Clowes, School Reform News, Chicago
Robert Enlow, Milton and Rose Friedman Foundation, Indianapolis
Robert Genetski, Genetski and Associates, Chicago
Raymond Gifford, Progress and Freedom Foundation, Washington DC
Scott Hodge, Tax Foundation, Washington DC
Merrill Matthews, Council for Affordable Health Insurance, Washington DC
Conrad Meier, Health Care News, Chicago
Dan Miller, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago
Joseph Morris, Lincoln Legal Foundation, Chicago
David Salisbury, Cato Institute, Washington DC
Lee Walker, The New Coalition for Economic and Social Change, Chicago

The forum will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.) at the Art Institute of Chicago on Michigan Avenue. A buffet luncheon will be served. Heartland has arranged for complimentary shuttle service in vintage Chicago Trolleys to the Chicago Hilton Hotel, where the Twentieth Anniversary Benefit dinner will take place, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

More information on the Emerging Issues Forum, including links for online registration, is available on The Heartland Institute’s Web site at http://www.heartland.org/emerging2004/emerging.htm, or call Latonya Harris at 312/377-4000.

Twentieth Anniversary Benefit Dinner

Following the Emerging Issues Forum, Heartland will host its Twentieth Anniversary Benefit Dinner, celebrating two decades of helping to build social movements in support of ideas that empower people. Heartland’s anniversary dinners have become one of the country’s biggest annual celebrations of freedom; attendance of more than 500 is expected. This year’s keynote speaker, Robert Novak, is one of the country’s most distinguished, controversial, and entertaining journalists.

More information on Heartland’s Twentieth Anniversary Benefit Dinner, including links for online registration, is available on The Heartland Institute’s Web site at http://www.heartland.org/anniversary.htm, or call Latonya Harris at 312/377-4000.

About The Heartland Institute

The Heartland Institute is a 20-year-old national nonprofit organization based in Chicago. Heartland is a free-standing “think tank” involving more than 100 academics and professional economists, 1,500 donors and members, 400 elected officials who serve on an advisory board, and a staff of 16 people devoted to “turning ideas into social movements that empower people.”

More information about The Heartland Institute is available on Heartland’s Web site at http://www.heartland.org/.