Monday, May 10, 2010

Convention at UIS to star former governors

Four former governors will head­line a national political science con­vention to be held June 3-5 at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Included is a round-table discus­sion to be present­ed from 8 to 10 p.m. June 3 at the Old Capitol State Historic Site. Fea­tured will be for­mer governors Jim Edgar of Illinois and Bob Taft of Ohio, both Republi­cans, and Democ­rats Madeleine Kunin of Vermont and Parris Glen­dening of Mary­land.

Chris Mooney of UIS, professor of political science with the U of I’s In­stitute of Govern­ment and Public Affairs, said hold­ing the 10th annu­al conference at the Springfield campus is a “major boost to the pres­tige and national standing of UIS.”

“It’s great,” he said. “It’s national recognition in an area where we really excel.”

Mooney and Barbara Ferrara, as­sociate director of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS, are co-chairing the conference. At least 150 participants are expected.

The SPPC convention was featured in a May 10, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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