upcoming events
Gubernatorial Candidate JB Pritzker on September 29th 
Gubernatorial Candidate State Senator Daniel Biss on October 25th

Join CAPAG at both gubernatorial candidate luncheons to learn more about the candidates and their visions to move Illinois forward. 
Gubernatorial Candidate JB Pritzker
September 29th | 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


At his core, JB Pritzker is a leader and a builder who gets results:

  • He’s a business leader: JB started and built a business that employs thousands of people across the nation, including many in Illinois.

  • He’s a jobs builder: JB built a non-profit small business incubator called 1871 that has created thousands of new, good paying jobs in Illinois.

  • He’s a civil rights advocate and leader: JB built and led a major institution in Illinois that fights bigotry and hatred in our state. AND he led the turn-around of the state's civil rights court, helping people find justice when they’ve been discriminated against in housing or in the workplace.

  • He’s an education leader: JB provided Illinois children with high quality preschool and childcare opportunities serving thousands of low income kids in African-American and Latino communities.

  • He's a philanthropic leader: JB’s generosity expanded the state’s school breakfast program to tens of thousands of students in low income school districts across Illinois.

  • He's a criminal justice reformer: JB endowed the Center on Wrongful Convictions and the Child and Family Justice Center that fight against the failures of the criminal justice system.

  • He's a political leader: JB started and built a political organization bringing thousands of young people into the Democratic Party. ​​
Gubernatorial Candidate
State Senator Daniel Biss

October 25th | 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago


First as a mathematics professor, and now as a legislator, Daniel Biss has always tackled the hardest problems.

While teaching, Daniel’s desire to confront our state’s most critical problems compelled him to get more involved in his local community — first as an organizer, and later as a candidate.
Daniel has taken on the machine and won, and now focuses on offering long-term, creative solutions and fighting for those whose voices are typically ignored.

Daniel currently represents the 9th District in the Illinois State Senate and previously served one term in the Illinois House representing the 17th District. He’s spent his time as a legislator expanding access, equity and care for all Illinoisians, fighting for financial security for families, and protecting our environment.

Daniel has taken the initiative to raise and make progress on issues significant to the future of Illinois that would have otherwise gone unaddressed, like helping giving retirement security to millions of Illinois workers and addressing the fast-evolving problem of technology and privacy. He combines the discipline and pragmatism of a math professor with the tenacity of an organizer in everything he does.

Daniel grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, and moved to Chicago after completing his Bachelor’s degree at Harvard University and his Ph.D. in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the age of 25, he joined the University of Chicago’s mathematics faculty.

His wife, Karin, is a former Peace Corps volunteer now working on her doctorate in history at Northwestern University. They live in Evanston with their two children, Elliot and Theodore.
CAPAG's monthly speakers series covers a wide range of topics. Speakers at our events include: elected officials, panel discussions, current legislative initiatives, and "off-campus" outings. Pictured below is a snapshot of past CAPAG events.
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​​Politics & Poker with Crain's Chicago Business Political Columnist Greg Hinz
​​Are you ready for the 2018 election? Gubernatorial candidate Ameya Pawar speaks
​​Andrea Zopp, City of Chicago Deputy Mayor and Chief Neighborhood Development Officer
​​Cindy Canary speaks to CAPAG on the Independent Map Amendment​
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​​The Real Impacts of Social Impact Investing
  • Kurt Summers - City of Chicago Treasurer
  • Jimmy Lee - Goodcity Chicago
  • ​William Towns - Benefit Chicago

​​​How to Change Chicago's Violence Academic​​​ ​
  • Senator Kwame Raoul - 13th State Senate District
  • Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia - Department of Corrections
  • Karen Teitelbaum - Sinai Health System

​​​Drowning in Debt: How to Preserve Illinois Municipalities
  • Andy Dillon - Conway MacKenzie
  • Kim Lewis - Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Ed Bachrach - Chairman at the Center for Pension Integrity
  • Eric Madiar - Madiar Government Relations
  • Hector Negroni - Fundamental Credit Opportunities