Civic Committee Materials 
March 8, 2021

Dear Civic Committee Member:

We look forward to seeing you virtually at the Civic Committee Meeting on Monday, March 8th.   As previously communicated, the meeting will be at a special time, beginning at 10:30 am and will conclude at 12:00 pm.  We are pleased to welcome Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, The Honorable Emanuel "Chris" Welch for a discussion at the beginning of the meeting.  Some of the topics we have asked the Speaker to discuss include:  his goals for his role as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representative, key areas of focus as we move further into this Spring’s legislative session, and his long term vision for the State.  We also have asked him to share his thoughts on being the first Black Speaker of the House in Illinois history and the first new Democratic Speaker in over 40 years.  Also, in an effort to make the most of our time with Speaker Welch, we ask that you submit questions for the Speaker prior to the meeting.  We would like to ensure that your most pressing questions are addressed during this session.  Please submit all questions to Dea Meyer at  at least 48 hours prior to the March 8th meeting.  Please find the Speaker’s  bio here:  Biography - Emanuel "Chris" Welch, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.

At the conclusion of Speaker Welch’s remarks, we will use the remaining time to discuss the following Civic Committee and affiliate work:  1) our Business Diversity Initiative (BDI); 2) Kids First Chicago; and 3) State Finance/Tax Policy. 

As a gentle reminder, participation in Civic Committee meetings is limited to Civic Committee members.  We kindly ask that you refrain from adding additional members of your staff to participate or to serve as your proxy in the meeting.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

We will be conducting the March 8th Civic Committee Meeting as a Video/Teleconference using ZOOM.  You will have the option to join the meeting via audio and video (optional) from your computer, or you can simply dial in and participate via conference call.  At the time of the meeting, simply click on the link provided in the invitation to join the meeting via video conference (your camera and audio must be turned on) or simply dial into the number provided and enter the Conference ID provided and join via conference call.  The meeting information is also provided below for your convenience.


Join ZOOM Meeting

Meeting ID: 952 1931 0151

Passcode: 378773

Dial-In Information:

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago


The agenda and background materials may be found by clicking the link below.  



1. Agenda
2. Business Diversity Initiative (To Come)
3. Kids First Chicago Update
4. State Finance Update
      - Illinois Economics Indicator Update
5. Springfield Update
6. Civic Consulting Alliance Update
7. P33 Update
8. Transportation Task Force Update


1. Kids First Chicago/Education Articles
2. State Finance Articles
3. Civic Consulting Alliance Articles
4. P33/Tech Articles
5. Transportation Articles

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