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Speakers Series to tackle voting rights

October 28, 2013

For the next event of the MacMurray Speakers Series, Diversity in the Heartland, a panel of voting rights advocates and lawyers will provide a brief overview of the history of voting rights in the state and discuss the problems facing accessible voting, with a focus on racial disparities in Central Illinois.

 “Voting Rights in Illinois” will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Thoresen Recital Hall in the Putnam-Springer Center. The event is free and open to the public.

 Panel members:

Don Craven, attorney for the Illinois Press Association and part of the legal team for the 1985-87 voting rights case in Springfield, IL;

Larry Golden, emeritus professor of political science and legal studies at the University of Illinois Springfield and an expert witness and the research coordinator for the Springfield voting rights case;

Frank McNeil, director of the state Department of Transportation’s Office of Business and Workforce Diversity, the lead plaintiff in the Springfield voting rights case, and a WMAY radio host.

Request interpreting services 72 hours prior to the event at or call 217-4709-7123.


For more information, contact:

Ted Roth, Director of Communications and Marketing
Work: 217-479-7027
Email: Send Email

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