Political commentator and possible gubernatorial candidate Dan Proft will offer his perspective on Illinois' fiscal challenges and how to solve them as the next speaker in Elmhurst College's Fixing Illinois lecture series.
Last month, Elmhurst College launched "Fixing Illinois: A Great State's Problems and Promise," with the goal of starting a discussion about the challenges that Illinois faces and empowering citizens to help address those challenges and move the state forward.
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Proft's talk, "Illinois Isn't Broken. It's Fixed," will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in the Founders Lounge of the Frick Center, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Admission is free. For details, call (630) 617-3390.
Proft is an entrepreneur, writer and radio talk show host for WLS-AM in Chicago, where he co-hosts a morning show with longtime Chicago broadcaster and sports anchor Bruce Wolf.
Proft was a Republican candidate for Illinois governor in the 2010 election, and is considering running again in 2014. In an April interview with Chicago magazine, he said, "My interest is in advancing principles and ideas in the policy arena … and I still think the Republican party here is in desperate need of leadership. … I feel it's important to at least explore the possibility."
Proft also works as a senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-market think tank in Chicago. He serves on the boards of directors for both the Disabled Patriot Fund, a nonprofit group that provides assistance to Illinois military families, and Freedom to Learn-Illinois, a nonprofit group that provides private elementary school scholarships to disadvantaged children in Chicago.