The Girl Talk: Madame President Edition with Toni Preckwinkle at The Hideout
Tues. 10/24/17 6:30pm | $5 ticketf.ly/2xClUhG
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is the most powerful woman in the second largest county in the United States--and one of the most influential people in the state of Illinois, period. Over the years, she’s bucked the trend of politicians looking out for themselves by being a mentor to local political up-and-comers, including State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, Rep. Juliana Stratton and more.
For these reasons and many more, The Girl Talk is beyond excited to welcome President Preckwinkle to the show.
Aside from the pop tax situation, we’ll discuss her path to the presidency, her plans for the future and her role as a mentor to women and people of color in the political sphere.
What is The Girl Talk, you ask? It's a monthly show on the fourth Tuesday of the month hosted by women (DNAinfo Chicago’s Jen Sabella and public education warrior/CPS teacher Erika Wozniak) and featuring influential Chicago women and gender nonconforming individuals fighting for social justice. All are welcome to take part in these important conversations.
ABOUT TONI PRECKWINKLE
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has been a dedicated community leader for over two decades. She has worked with the Cook County Board of Commissioners, elected officials and county employees to implement major reform and reshape county government through fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency and accountability, and improved services
Since taking office in December 2010, President Preckwinkle has rebuilt the credibility of county government, solving for more than $1.8 billion in budget deficits and cutting $657 million in expenditures. She established the county’s first performance management initiative to demand more accountability from county operations and employees.
President Preckwinkle has developed a broad policy agenda – focusing on critical public safety reform, working to strengthen the county’s health care system, and increasing the capacity and capability of our economic development efforts.
President Preckwinkle is also president of the Forest Preserves of Cook County, a separate governmental body. The FPCC is one of the oldest and largest forest preserve districts in the country spanning 69,000 acres, which makes up 11% of the County footprint.
Before being elected Cook County Board President, Preckwinkle served 19 years as Alderman of the 4th Ward. During her tenure she worked to improve our local public schools and increase the amount of affordable housing sponsoring two Living Wage and Affordable Housing ordinances. Her independent and progressive leadership earned her the IVI-IPO Best Alderman Award six times as well as two Leon Despres Awards.
Prior to holding elected office, President Preckwinkle taught high school history for 10 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from the University of Chicago. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of three.