Chicago in Focus

Chicago in Focus

Chicago in Focus

Our Chicago in Focus lecture series seeks to highlight and explore the most important issues facing Chicagoans today. This season of lectures has ended—check back in the fall to see what comes next! All Chicago in Focus events are held at and co-sponsored by the Union League Club of Chicago.

Past Programs


Chicago Community Policing 

Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities in 2019

Thursday, September 26, 2019

How can Chicago’s community policing program strive to build trust, help reduce crime, and make our neighborhoods safer? 

Eddie T. Johnson, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, will discuss this important issue along with Dr. Helen Neville, director of Director of the R.A.C.E (Race Activism Civic Engagement) Lab at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champagne. LWVIL Executive Director Audra Wilson moderates.

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Breaking Hate

Building Communities to Counter White Nationalism

Monday, October 21, 2019

Christian Picciolini, a former extremist, sits down with Author Maureen Loughnane, Executive Director of Facing History and Ourselves.

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Why Doesn’t Everyone Vote?

Barriers to the Ballot and Strategies to Turn out the Vote

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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2020 Census

Collection, Concerns, Changes

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Census participation has a dramatic impact on our community. At its most basic, the Census determines the number of representatives each state has in Congress. Fewer representatives for a state means less ability to affect legislation.

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[Cancelled] Priced Out of Your Life?

Affordable Housing in Chicago

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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