Cocktail Reception (limited to VIP/table tickets) with event panelists and sponsors is from 5pm-6pm. Open Bar and passed hors d'oeuvres included.
Ballroom Doors open at 6pm for Dinner and Program.
Dinner for all attendees includes:
Spinach and mixed greens with strawberries, feta, candied pecans, and lemon vinaigrette
Parmesan rubbed chicken breast with roasted garlic sauce, smashed potatoes, roasted tomatoes, and grilled asparagus - please note vegetarian request at ticket check out.
To celebrate the 1st anniversary of Awake Illinois advocacy,
join us for a fun, empowering evening with
keynote speaker Corey DeAngelis, Ph.D.
and a panel of education and civic advocates.
Corey DeAngelis is the national director of research at the American Federation for Children, the executive director at Educational Freedom Institute, an adjunct scholar at Cato Institute, and a senior fellow at Reason Foundation. He was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for his work on education policy and received the Buckley Award from America’s Future in 2020.
His research primarily focuses on the effects of school choice programs on non‐academic outcomes such as criminal activity, character skills, mental health, and political participation. He has authored or co‐authored over 40 journal articles, book chapters, and reports on education policy, and he is the co‐editor of School Choice Myths: Setting the Record Straight on Education Freedom.
His research has been published in peer‐reviewed academic journals such as Social Science Quarterly, School Effectiveness and School Improvement, Educational Review, Educational Research and Evaluation, and Peabody Journal of Education. His work has also been published in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, and National Review.
Corey received his Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of Arkansas. He additionally holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Confirmed Expert Panelists:
Formerly ran the public school systems in Chicago, Philadelphia, and Louisiana
Formerly a Waukegan public school teacher and voice of Chalkboard Heresy
Pastor Randy Blan
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