Annual Meeting with Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President and Dean Sunil Kumar
Join us for the UCWBG Annual Meeting. Our keynote speaker will be Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board and University of Chicago graduate.
Meet Ms. Preckwinkle and the new UCWBG Board of Directors. Members, hear about our already planned 2013 events, and contribute suggestions for additional future events.
5:30 - 6:00 Registration and cash bar
6:00 - 6:45 Buffet Dinner
6:45 - 7:00 Annual Meeting with presentation of new UCWBG board
7:00 - 8:00 Introduction and welcome from Dean Sunil Kumar followed by keynote speech and Q & A with Toni Preckwinkle
8:00 - 8:30 Networking with dessert buffet and cash bar
Buffet dinner includes hot entrees, salad and a selection of desserts. Coffee, tea and soft drinks are included.
About the Speaker
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been a dedicated community leader for over two decades, providing independent and progressive leadership founded on experience, know-how and a commitment to practical results.
As a high school teacher in Chicago, Toni ran a non-profit organization aimed at neighborhood improvement. She stood up to the city’s political machine, and despite failed first attempts, she prevailed. Toni ran an improbable campaign against the political establishment and was elected 4th Ward Alderman in 1991.
In her 19 years as Alderman, Toni has improved the quality of life of her constituents by providing independent, transparent and accountable leadership. She ended the old patronage model in her ward that awarded jobs based on political clout. She has successfully fought for greater funding for education and affordable housing in her ward. She sponsored the Living Wage and Affordable Housing Ordinances, and was a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit to institute a more racially equitable map of Chicago's ward boundaries. Toni sponsored an ordinance that limits the establishment of payday loan stores and was a lead sponsor of the anti-smoking ordinance. She has not been afraid to stand-up to the status-quo, voting against the parking meter privatization and standing with a small minority in opposition to the 2008 tax increases.
Toni’s independent and progressive leadership earned her the IVI-IPO Best Alderman Award in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2005 and 2008, and the 1997 and 2009 Leon Despres Awards.
Toni was elected Cook County Board President on November 2, 2010. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She taught high school history for ten years before being elected to City Council. She is also a wife and a mother of two children.