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Civic Leadership Academy will cover structure, impact of home rule during Nov. 30 workshop

November 19, 2010

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NIU’s Civic Leadership Academy will host a workshop Tuesday, Nov. 30, on “Home Rule: Unlocking the Structure and Impact.”

This workshop will offer participants three unique and experienced views of local government Home Rule with particular emphasis on Illinois.

The provisions of Home Rule in Illinois were established in the 1970 re-write of the Illinois Constitution. Home Rule gives units of local government the opportunity to assume greater responsibility and decision-making authority from the state level to the local level.

The seminar will be presented from three experts, including professor emeritus James Banovetz from NIU, attorney Patrick Lucansky from Klein, Thorpe & Jenkins, Ltd. and associate professor Curt Wood from NIU’s public administration program.

Banovetz and Lucansky both worked closely on many of the elements of the 1970 provisions that instituted home rule in Illinois. Wood is currently on sabbatical and undertaking fresh research on the provisions of home rule as an element of public policy in Illinois and beyond.

The day is sure to be lively, informative and filled with great perspective from a unique panel of experts in this often-debated policy issue.

Workshops are held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the NIU-Naperville campus. Continental breakfast, buffet lunch and afternoon snack are included in the registration fee. 

Registration is available online.