UIC students gather to voice top political concerns

Hundreds of students from the University of Illinois at Chicago will voice their top political concerns as part of the National Student Issues Convention, an annual event involving several thousand high school and college students across the country.

Joe Berrios, Cook County assessor and head of the Cook County Democratic Party, is scheduled to attend.

WHEN:

Nov. 15
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:

UIC Student Center East
Illinois Room
750 S. Halsted St.

DETAILS:

The event, organized by the UIC department of political science, provides students the opportunity to debate with their peers in a convention-like setting, collaborate to develop an agenda and convey their concerns to elected officials and candidates seeking office.

Higher education funding, the DREAM Act, health insurance, inner-city gentrification and the environment are topics students have debated at previous conventions.

During two sessions, the UIC students will determine the full agenda for Chicago and Illinois and vote proportionally in adopting a national agenda.

At 11 a.m., representatives of candidates for public office will address the students’ final agenda during a panel session chaired by Dick Simpson, UIC professor of political science.

Media are welcome. For more information, call (312) 413-3780.