Violence in Chicago is a topic of local and national concern. While we have seen significant decreases in violence — the Austin community had a 47% reduction in violence from 2016 to 2018 — violence continues to plague Chicago. Past efforts have made some progress in some communities. More is needed. In 2016, the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago was established. Along with other partners, we began building a collaborative architecture of grassroots organizations working to reduce violence.

At this American Dream Reconsidered Session, the executive director of the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago and several leaders from our collaborative partner agencies will discuss the architecture of violence prevention in Chicago. Speakers include a range of administrators and practitioners overseeing and implementing Communities Partnering 4 Peace, READI Chicago, the Chicago Police Department and the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety to support and engage communities in short- and long-term violence reduction.

Vaughn Bryant, director, Communities Partnering 4 Peace
Miguel Cambray, director of employment, READI Chicago
Ernest Cato III, 15th district commander, Chicago Police Department
Ric Estrada, chief executive officer, Metropolitan Family Services
Teny Oded Gross, founder and executive director, the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago
Invited: Susan Lee, deputy mayor of public safety, City of Chicago

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The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago
For more information, Tara Dabney,, 312.502.0959
Institute for Nonviolence Chicago
4926 West Chicago Ave.Chicago, IL 60651

The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
25200 N St. Marys RdMettawa, IL 60048

Roosevelt University
430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 341-3500

Roosevelt University, 7th Floor – Ganz Hall
430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Date: September 10, 2019
Time: 1-3 pm
Venue: Roosevelt University, 7th Floor – Ganz Hall
Address: 430 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
Cost: FREE

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An Evening with David Axelrod

The League of Women Voters of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Area and the Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy will present “An Evening with David Axelrod.” The event will feature a wide-ranging conversation with Mr. Axelrod including current challenges to democracy and engagement in the political process.

Mr. Axelrod’s New York Times best-selling memoir, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, will be available for purchase, courtesy of the Lake Forest Bookstore. Mr. Axelrod will sign copies of the book.

Advance purchase is encouraged. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door for $20 for adults and $15 for students. Seating is general admission; doors will open at 6:30 pm.

About David Axelrod
David Axelrod is a preeminent American political strategist and commentator. He currently serves as the founding director of the University of Chicago's nonpartisan Institute of Politics and as a senior political commentator for CNN. Axelrod served as President Barack Obama’s chief strategist and senior advisor. He also hosts The Axe Files, a top-rated podcast featuring in-depth conversations with public figures across the political spectrum, and Hacks on Tap, a podcast with longtime Republican strategist Mike Murphy. A former political writer for the Chicago Tribune, Axelrod produced media strategy and advertising for 150 campaigns across the U.S., culminating in President Obama’s historic elections.

About the League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization founded in 1920, encourages informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Learn more about the local chapter at

About the Adlai Stevenson Center
The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy was formed in 2008 to enhance the global understanding and practice of democracy. The goal of the non-profit organization is to address challenges to democratic systems of government and conceive practical ways of addressing them. Learn more at

John and Nancy Hughes Theater, Gorton Community Center
400 E. Illinois Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: John and Nancy Hughes Theater, Gorton Community Center
Address: 400 E. Illinois Rd
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Cost: $15 for adults and $10 for students (with current student ID)

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Unless otherwise noted, these events will be held at:
The Stevenson Center on Democracy
25200 N St. Mary's Rd, Mettawa (Libertyville), IL   60048

The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit organization. The ASCD operates out of the Adlai E. Stevenson National Historic Landmark as a licensee of the Lake County Forest Preserve District. The license does not imply the District's endorsement of specific ASCD positions or presenters.