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Government Reform 2.0: A New Look at Government Reform and Why it Should Matter to the Next Generation of Business Leaders

The Committee for Economic Development (CED) and co-hosts George Ranney, President and CEO of Metropolis Strategies, and Ron Grzywinski, Co-founder of ShoreBank Corporation, will host a breakfast forum on the role of money in politics on March 27, 2014.

Government Reform 2.0: A New Look at Government Reform and Why it Should Matter to the Next Generation of Business Leaders
March 27, 2014
7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Union League Club
65 W. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL


In partnership with: Business and Professional People in the Public Interest, Chicago Appleseed, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, CHANGE Illinois, Union League Club, Adilai Stevenson Center on Democracy

The Committee for Economic Development (CED) has convened the nation's top business and economic leaders to debate and issue recommendations on major national policies since 1942. Please join a breakfast and panel discussion of Chicago business leaders regarding the role of money in politics, redistricting, Super PACs, transparency, and hidden money in political finance. Panelists will discuss the post-Citizens United environment as well as reform efforts underway in Illinois and around the country.

CED's Trustees are increasingly concerned that the pay-to-play environment in the political finance system is having a corrosive effect on the quality of American democracy. CED’s recent national survey reveals that 87% of business leaders believe that the political finance system needs major reform or a complete overhaul, and 71% say that major contributors have too much influence on politicians. In the 2012 presidential and congressional elections, hundreds of millions of dollars were spent by organized groups that kept their contributors hidden from public view. CED believes that transparency is an essential principle of free and competitive markets; it is equally important in a system of free and competitive elections. This event aims to convene experts, business and civic leaders, and to stimulate a debate on possible reform solutions.

7:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Breakfast

George Ranney, President and CEO, Metropolis Strategies and
Ron Grzywinski, Co-founder, ShoreBank Corporation

Introductory Remarks
Landon Rowland, Chairman, Lead Bank
Elspeth Revere, VP, MacArthur Democracy Program
Introduction by Mike Petro, Executive Vice President, CED

Panel Discussion
Moderator: Susan Garrett, former State Senator 29thDistrict
David Hiller, CEO, Robert R. McCormick Foundation
David Hoffman, Partner, Sidley & Austin
Stephen Beard, VP and General Counsel, Heidrick and Struggles

This event is free, but space is limited. RSVP is required. Please contact Amy Morse at or 202-469-7832 with any questions.

The Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

Event Start Time
March 27, 2014, 11:28 AM