ULCC Podcasts

Below are podcasts from programs held by the Club's Public Affairs Committee.

Breaking Through the Barriers: Increasing Opportunities for Diverse Business Owners (April 17, 2019)

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the ULCC Public Affairs’ Subcommittee on Race Relations presented a forum with a distinguished panel discussing the unique challenges faced by women and minority entrepreneurs. Our panelists: Robert Blackwell (EKI-Digital); Shirley Evans-Wofford (Lambent Risk Management); Jason Johnson (Chicago Urban League); and Charles Myart (Illinois Finance Authority). Our conversation was moderated by Andrea Zopp, President and CEO of World Business Chicago.”

Violence in Chicago: How Many More Must Die? (February 20, 2019)

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, Lunch@65West welcomed to the clubhouse Dr. Jens Ludwig, Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, and Rafael Mangual, Fellow and Deputy Director of Legal Policy at the Manhattan Institute for a frank discussion of crime and gun violence in Chicago. Jens Ludwig’s work at the crossroads of economics, crime, and social policy includes initiatives at Georgetown University, The Brookings Institute, Johns Hopkins, the MacArthur Foundation, and the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. Rafael Mangual is the author of Manhattan Institute reports and innumerable op-eds on urban crime, prison violence, and criminal and civil justice reform. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Boston Herald, and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Presentation on Possible Correlations Between Police “Stop and Frisk” Practices and Gun Violence

On April 5, 2018, the ULCC Public Affairs Subcommittee on Administration of Justice co-hosted with the Illinois Academy of Criminology a presentation by Professors Paul Cassell and Richard Fowles of the Univ. of Utah Law School and Economics Department (respectively). They reviewed their research that posits a correlation between the August 2015 agreement between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) – requiring officers to report details of any investigative stop and/or patdown of individuals – and the subsequent spike in gun violence that arose in Chicago following implementation of this agreement in 2016. You may view this presentation at https://youtu.be/939zuZl3GDs.

Because the research presented by Professors Cassell and Fowles concerns police practices addressed in the draft Consent Decree recently developed to reform CPD procedures, we also commend to your attention details about the proposed Decree provided by the Office of the Illinois Attorney General: http://chicagopoliceconsentdecree.org/faq. Please note that the federal judge overseeing the case has announced that the court will accept written comments on the draft consent decree until 4:30 p.m. on October 12, 2018 and will hold public hearings on October 24 and 25, 2018.

Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program Debate (August 14, 2018)

In partnership with the Liberty Justice Center, on Tuesday, August 14 the ULCC’s Public Affairs Committee and its Breakfast@65West program series presented a forum addressing the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Enacted In 2017, this program offers a 75% income tax credit for contributions to qualified Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs). The SGOs then provide scholarships for students whose families meet income requirements to attend qualified, non-public schools in Illinois.

We invited a distinguished panel to debate the merits of this program:
• State Representative Thomas Morrison (R-54th District)
• Kristen McQueary, Chicago Tribune Editorial Board
• State Representative Robert Martwick (D-19th District)
• State Representative David Harris (R-53rd District)

Justice Salim Joubran (March 15, 2018)

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Lunch@65West (in partnership with the Decalogue Society) welcomed to a special luncheon Justice Salim Joubran, who retired this past summer after many years of service as Israel's first Arab Supreme Court justice. Justice Joubran shared with our audience his perspectives on his remarkable tenure on Israel's Supreme Court and reflections on the state of jurisprudence in Israel and throughout the region.

Illinois Attorney General Forum (March 7, 2018)

On Wednesday, March 7, ULCC Public Affairs, in partnership with the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, presented a forum featuring candidates seeking to serve as Illinois' next Attorney General. Moderated by NBC 5’s Carol Marin, the forum included all ten candidates seeking this office: Hon. Scott Drury (D), Sharon Fairley (D), Aaron Goldstein (D), Renato Mariotti (D), Hon. Kwame Raoul (D), Hon. Nancy Rotering (D), Jesse Ruiz (D), Hon. Pat Quinn (D), Hon. Gary Grasso (R), and Erika Harold (R).

Journalism & Political Coverage in the Modern Era (November 15, 2017)

In November 2017, ULCC Public Affairs presented a forum on the challenges facing news media in the digital age and modern political environment, including evolving standards of political discourse and the proliferation of digital platforms such as Facebook and Twitter that have altered the ways in which citizens obtain information, how journalists do their jobs, and how candidates and elected officials communicate with voters. To address these issues, ULCC Executive Director of Public Affairs David Kohn moderated a conversation with two thoughtful leaders representing different parts of the media landscape: Steve Edwards, Vice-President and Chief Content Officer of WBEZ Chicago and former Chicago Tribune Editor Gerould Kern.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration (January 12, 2018)

Members and their guests attended the Union League Club of Chicago’s Annual luncheon commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day featuring keynote speaker The Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Pfleger, Senior Pastor of Saint Sabina Church.

Forum with Timuel Black (May 10, 2017) Part I

Forum with Timuel Black (May 10, 2017) Part II

On Wednesday, May 10, the ULCC Public Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Race Relations and Evenings@65West presented a conversation with civil rights leader and educator Timuel Black. Mr. Black shared his recollections of the civil rights movement and his thoughts on the state of race relations in America today in conversation with moderator Hermene Hartman, founder and publisher of N'DIGO magazine.

Investing in Chicago: Can a Job Stop a Bullet? (October 19, 2016) – Part I

Investing in Chicago: Can a Job Stop a Bullet? (October 19, 2016) – Part II

In 2011, the “One Summer Chicago” program was launched to provide city youth with summer educational and employment activities. Can this kind of intervention offer a solution to Chicago's ongoing episodes of gun violence? Does economic opportunity help reduce rates of violent crime? Or, as the question is often posed, can a job stop a bullet?

The Union League Club's Public Affairs Committee convened a forum examining these questions and related issues. Our program featured a presentation by Bradford Hunt, co-author of Planning Chicago and insights from other leaders including: Victor Dickson, President/CEO of Safer Foundation in Chicago; 17th Ward Alderman David Moore; Shari Runner, President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League; Planning Chicago co-author Jon DeVries; and William Towns, Executive Director of Benefit Chicago. Our moderator was Roseanna Ander, Executive Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, established in 2008 to use scientific research to help develop new approaches to reducing violence.

A Candid Conversation About Race (September 14, 2017)

In the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and rising tensions across the nation, on Sept. 14, 2017 ULCC Public Affairs convened a forum – "A Candid Conversation About Race” – to help us better understand the roots of racial divisions in our nation and consider paths toward resolution of these conflicts. The event featured a discussion between ULCC Subcommittee on Race Relations Chairman, Mr. Eugene Morris, and The Rev. Dr. Michael Louis Pfleger, Senior Pastor of Saint Sabina Church. A spiritual leader recognized for his fight against injustice and racism, since 1968 Father Pfleger has lived and ministered in the African-American community on both the west and south sides of Chicago; at 31, he became the youngest full pastor in the diocese when he was appointed Pastor of Saint Sabina Church.

ULCC Luncheon with Medal of Honor Recipient James McCloughan (August 14, 2017)

On August 14, 2017, the Union League Club of Chicago was privileged to welcome to a special luncheon the most recent recipient of the Medal of Honor, James McCloughan. Mr. McCloughan, who received the MOH for his heroic actions in May, 1969 while serving as a combat medic in Vietnam (with Company C, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade), was interviewed at the luncheon by his fellow MOH recipient (and ULCC member), Allen Lynch.

Public Affairs/AARP/NPR Illinois Forum - Illinois has a Budget: What's Next? (August 9, 2017)

Following adoption of Illinois’ Fiscal Year 2018 budget – enacted in early July when the Illinois General Assembly overrode Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto, thus ending an almost three-year budgetary impasse – the Union League Club of Chicago’s Public Affairs Committee joined with NPR Illinois and AARP Illinois to present a forum examining the budget, the effects of the stalemate, and to discuss what happens next. The forum was moderated by NPR Illinois' Statehouse Reporter Brian Mackey and featured an expert panel: Laurence Msall, President of the Civic Federation; Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle; John Bouman, President of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law; and Sheila Weinberg, ULCC member and Founder & CEO of Truth in Accounting.

National Defense Forum: National Security Challenges for the Next President (October 20, 2016)

In partnership with the First Division Museum at Cantigny and the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI), in October 2016 Evenings@65West hosted a discussion of the national security challenges facing the next U.S. Administration. Our panelists: Dr. Michael P. Noonan, Director of Research and Director of the Program on National Security at the FPRI, and Nada Bakos, a highly-regarded national security expert who was the Chief Targeting Officer tracking Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Luncheon with Medal of Honor Recipient, U.S. Army Captain (ret.) Florent Groberg (December 4, 2015)

In December 2015, the ULCC proudly hosted a special luncheon with retired U.S. Army Capt. Florent “Flo” Groberg, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on August 8, 2012 in Asadabad, Afghanistan. Capt. Groberg was interviewed by ULCC member (and President of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library) Ken Clarke.

Lunch@65West: U.S. and Israel after the Iran Agreement (March 24, 2016)

Following adoption of the nuclear agreement with Iran – which were approved over the Israel’s strong objections – Lunch@65West hosted a forum examining the challenges and opportunities that this agreement poses. Our featured speakers were Dr. Dan Scheuftan, Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, and Steve Sheffey, political analyst, writer, commentator, and former president of CityPAC.

Evenings@65West – America’s Heroin Epidemic: From the City to the Suburbs (March 30, 2016)

In March 2016, Evenings@65West presented a forum on “America’s Heroin Epidemic: From the City to the Suburbs” featuring internationally-renowned addiction specialist Mark Gold, M.D.

The World of Alternate Currencies: The Ethics of Bitcoin (November 2, 2016)

Bitcoins are a computer-generated digital currency that functions independently of institutions such as central banks. To examine the economic implications of digital currencies and ethical concerns concerning their development and use, ULCC Public Affairs and DePaul University’s Institute for Business and Professional Ethics presented a November 2016 forum with global finance expert Dr. Kara Tan Bhala, President and Founder of the Seven Pillars Institute for Global Finance and Ethics.

Forum with Dr. Janice Jackson, Chief Education Officer, Chicago Public Schools (October 3, 2016)

In October, 2016, the PAC’s Education Subcommittee presented an evening program with Dr. Janice K. Jackson, Chief Education Officer for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Dr. Jackson reviewed past CPS achievements and highlighted CPS’ vision for academic progress in 2016 – 2019.

Breakfast@65West: Invasion of the Drones (December 15, 2015)

In December 2015, Breakfast@65West presented a forum on proposed regulations governing the use of remotely-controlled drones with FAA Great Lakes Regional Administrator Barry Cooper.

Breakfast@65West: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson (November 29, 2016)

This November, 2016 Breakfast@65West forum featured remarks by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who joined us to present and discuss the Chicago Police Department’s newly-proposed revisions to its “Use of Force” policy.

U.S. Rep. Michael Rogers, Chairman, U.S. House Intelligence Committee (October 31, 2014)

In October 2014, the ULCC hosted an address by U.S. Representative Michael Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, who shared his insights into national security policy.

Breakfast@65West: College of DuPage President Ann Rondeau (November 15, 2016)

In November 2016, Breakfast@65West welcomed to the Clubhouse new College of DuPage President Ann Rondeau (a retired Navy Vice Admiral whose resume includes service as Commander of Naval Training Center Great Lakes), who shared her vision for COD’s path to renewal following a series of crises that arose under the college’s prior administration.

Breakfast@65West: Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (March 6, 2014)

In March 2014, Breakfast@65West welcomed former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman (in her capacity as Co-Chair of the Clean and Safe Energy Coalition), who shared her observations about America’s energy sector and the policy needed to ensure the nation’s future energy needs.

Breakfast@65West: The Second Amendment in the 21st Century (June 10, 2014)

In June 2014, the ULCC’s Breakfast@65West series presented a forum examining the Second Amendment with attorney David Sigale (who represented the Second Amendment Foundation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in the landmark case, Moore v. Madigan that overturned Illinois’ ban on the carrying of concealed firearms) and Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and author of “The Second Amendment: A Biography.”

Veterans Day Luncheon with Medal of Honor recipient Allen Lynch (Nov. 10, 2016)

The ULCC observed Veterans Day in November 2016 at a special luncheon where we heard inspiring remarks by Club member Allen J. Lynch, recipient of the Medal of Honor – our nation’s highest award for valor in combat.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day Luncheon (January 13, 2017)

The ULCC’s 2017 Martin Luther King Day luncheon featured a keynote address by Shari Runner, President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day Luncheon (January 19, 2015)

In January 2015, the Union League Club of Chicago commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King Day with a luncheon featuring an address by the Honorable Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board of Commissioners.