CGF: Laurence Msall, President of the Civic Foundation on “Financial Challenges of Chicago and Illinois”


Laurence Msall, President of the Civic Foundation, will discuss various elements of the Chicago and Illinois financial crises including current developments, factors and causes, and potential solutions. The Civic Federation is a nonpartisan organization that researches and analyzes government finances in Chicago and Illinois.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016
11:30am- 1:00pm
Lunch will be served

Niagara Foundation – Headquarters
205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 4240
Chicago, IL, US, 60601

Laurence Msall is the President of the Civic Federation, a nonpartisan government research organization. Before joining in 2002, Msall was the Senior Advisor for Economic Development and Infrastructure for Illinois Governor George H. Ryan and worked on issues related to business climate, tax and transportation policy. Before joining the Governor’s staff in 1999, Msall served as the Vice President of the Commercial Club of Chicago, as well as Secretary to the Commercial Club Foundation and Vice President of the Civic Committee. Prior to joining the Commercial Club staff in 1990, Msall served as Assistant to the Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs with primary responsibility for policy development. From 1984-1988, Laurence Msall represented the Department and Governor Jim Thompson’s office on economic development and business issues before the Illinois General Assembly, serving as DCCA’s chief legislative liaison.

Laurence Msall is a licensed attorney and graduate of Loyola University School of Law, Evening Division. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College and is a graduate of Saint Ignatius College Preparatory High School. Msall is a member of the Board of Directors of the Woods Fund of Chicago and the Chicago Civic Consulting Alliance. Msall currently serves on the advisory Board of the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs and Illinois Issues magazine. He is also a member of the organizing committee of the Kennedy Forum of Illinois, a campaign targeted to end the stigma associated with mental illness. Msall is an active volunteer with PADS Homeless Shelter in Oak Park and L’arche Chicago, a faith-based community that supports and develops homes for the disabled.

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