Illinois is Broke (And what we can do about it)

Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago

Finance Roundtable

October 14, 2010: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

By now, it is no secret to observers of all political persuasions that Illinois is broke. At the root of the problem are the $130 billion in unfunded obligations and debt related to the retirement programs of Illinois public employees. The State's fiscal issues threaten Illinois’ ability to attract and retain jobs and provide services, from schools and universities to social services and transportation. The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago has organized the non-partisan "Illinois is Broke" campaign, which has garnered significant media attention and forged relationships with civic organizations, businesses, social service agencies and individual taxpayers who are concerned about the crisis.


Gleacher Center
Room 100
450 North Cityfront Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

As residents of Illinois, this is a great opportunity to hear from those deeply involved and working hard on this effort to solve Illinois’ financial crisis. To finance professionals, this issue repeats itself across the country and around the world, and is a central question in currency and trade discussions. We will have an opportunity to explore the potential solutions and examine the expected effects of these actions on public policy and financial markets. Please join us for what promises to be a very important evening of education, inspiration and participation. The conversation will maintain a non-partisan viewpoint throughout the session.


No Charge


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Networking and Beverages

6:30 PM-7:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion

7:30 PM-8:00 PM: Panelist/Audience Q&A

8:00 PM-9:00 PM: Networking and Discussion (Midway Club)

Speaker Profiles

To Be Announced (Panelist), Commercial Club of Chicago and its affiliates


Vern Broders 
Roundtable Chair

Other Information

The Commercial Club is arranging notable speakers on this topic who are part of their effort to raise public awareness of this financial issue.