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UIC Urban Forum examines cities and the economic recovery

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On Thursday, December 6 2012, urban movers and shakers from Chicago and across the country will gather at the University of Illinois at Chicago for the 2012 UIC Urban Forum entitled "Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil." Among the speakers on the agenda are the Honorable Pat Quinn, Governor of the state of Illinois, Ray LaHood, United States Transportation Secretary and the Honorable Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board. The forum, which was held every year from 2005 to 2010, was suspended in 2011.

The all day forum features welcoming remarks from officials at UIC and two plenary roundtable sessions, after which participants will break for a box lunch. After lunch, participants will have the choice of attending one of two sessions during each designated period. The forum will end with a final plenary discussion with Secretary LaHood focusing on transportation funding. On the agenda are a number of roundtables, including a discussion on how cities can adjust to the new normal established as a result of the ongoing economic crisis and a consideration on whether the social safety net has a viable future.

The forum is open to the public, but registration and payment of $25 in advance are required. UIC students, faculty and staff may attend the forum at no charge, but must also register in advance using their UIC Net IDs. Students and faculty from other universities are also allowed to attend the forum for no charge, but must supply the final four digits of the ID numbers supplied by their schools. Special guests with a supplied code may also register for no charge.

The forum will be held at the UIC Forum building at 725 W. Roosevelt Rd. Ample parking is available at Lot 5, located one block west of the Forum in 1135 S. Morgan St. Parking services will honor relocation for drivers with a valid UIC hang tag. The parking rate is $9.00 for those without a UIC hangtag. The forum is also accessible by public transportation; the closest CTA rail station is the UIC Halsted stop on the CTA Blue Line.

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