upcoming events
JUNE 30, 2017
Building Transportation Infrastructure for the 21st Century


Union League Club of Chicago
​​Transportation infrastructure faces tremendous challenges in Illinois and across the nation. Policymakers emphasize the importance of prioritizing it, but funding and political challenges often slow or prevent their development and completion. In Illinois, political leaders have responded to these problems recently with the passage of the Public Private Partnership legislation. The City of Chicago is using new Tax Increment Financing districts the state passed to facilitate improvements on the CTA Red and Brown Lines. 
Join CAPAG on June 30th for a discussion with Illinois State Senator Heather Steans (D-7th) and Michael McLaughlin, Deputy Chief of Staff at the Chicago Transportation Authority for their insight on transportation project development, what it takes to move projects and solutions forward, and to learn why certain projects advance and others do not.

Please note: because CAPAG must guarantee (and pay for) the meals ordered based upon reservations, we require advance payment for our luncheon meetings. However, because we recognize that plans can change, if you cancel at least 48 hours prior to a meeting for which you’ve pre-paid, we’re pleased to offer you a credit toward a future luncheon. To cancel, please email lgi.capag@gmail.com.

Senator Heather steans
State Senator, 7th District
​​Heather Steans has represented Illinois’ 7th District in the Senate since 2008. Currently, she chairs the Appropriations I Committee, chairs the Special Committee on Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care, vice chairs the Appropriations II Committee and serves on the Executive, Environment and Conservation, Government Reform and Human Services committees. Steans has passed legislation to bring marriage equality to Illinois, reform the state’s Medicaid program, enact significant nursing home reform, and improve the environment by reducing mercury waste, creating commercial composting capabilities and banning microbeads.

Heather Steans graduated from Princeton with a B.A. in Urban Studies and received her M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her professional career has focused on government finance, economic development and education reform. She is the former budget director of the Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations, served as a strategic planner with the Chicago Public Schools and was a consultant with Ernst & Young. Steans has received numerous awards, including the Legislator of the Year Award from AARP, the Richard Phelan Profile in Courage Award from Planned Parenthood, the Legislative Recovery Award from Trilogy, and the Equality Illinois Freedom Award.
Heather Steans and her husband Leo have lived with their three children in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago for 22 years.
Deputy Chief of Staff, CTA
​​Michael McLaughlin, the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Chicago Transit Authority, helps President Dorval Carter oversee the Infrastructure, Planning, Finance, Government Relations, and Media Departments at CTA, and served as the point person on projects such as the CTA’s Red-Purple Modernization Project.  Before moving down to the President’s Office Michael spent 4 years as the Vice President of Planning and Federal Affairs at the CTA, where he managed the planning for the CTA’s long range mega projects and doubled as the CTA’s liaison to Capitol Hill and the US DOT in Washington. Prior to working at the CTA, Michael worked on Capitol Hill for 12 years as a senior House and Senate transportation aide to three different Members of Congress and as the Transportation Director at the Metropolitan Planning Council. Michael earned an undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from the University of Iowa and a Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University.
Thursday, JULY 27, 2017
The Business of Beer


Old Irving Brewing - 4419 West Montrose Ave.

****Conveniently located one block east of the Kennedy Expwy. and Montrose CTA Blue Line
Station, with free on-street parking. Five blocks east of Mayfair Metra MD-N Station.
Few manufacturing industries in Chicago and Illinois have grown in the last several years like the brewery business.  Craft breweries, brewpubs, retail stores, and restaurants are at once competing and collaborating to tap into the thirst of casual drinkers and epicureans.

Join CAPAG for a lively evening hosted by Old Irving Brewing featuring a panel discussion with four of Chicago’s top brewmasters, followed by a tour and beer samples accompanied by delicious appetizers.  We’ll gather in OIB’s dramatic beer hall for the show, tell, and taste.

You’ll learn why Chicago is attracting creative beverage entrepreneurs, the regulatory challenges to expansion, capital investment (those large silver kettles, pots, tanks, and pumps) supply chain management of the raw goods needed for craft excellence, and the quest for shelf space and broad distribution to stores, bars and restaurants.

Our panel of suds experts includes:

·         Trevor Rose-Hamblin, head brewer, Old Irving Brewing
·         Kevin Cary, founder, Begyle Brewing, and president, Illinois Craft Brewers Guild
·         Pete Crowley, co-owner and brewmaster, Haymarket Pub and Brewery
·         Gerrit Lewis, founder and brewer, Pipeworks Brewing Co.

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