Town Square Series
Ray LaHood: Seeking Bipartisanship
Moderator Rick Pearson of Chicago Tribune
Sunday, August 13 | 4 p.m.
Pavilion general admission FREE, but reservations are required
The former U.S. transportation secretary and congressman discusses partisanship in politics, moderated by Rick Pearson.
With a 36-year career in public service, LaHood has extensive experience on major national policy issues, among them transportation and infrastructure. He served as the nation’s secretary of transportation under President Obama from 2009 to 2013 and quickly became known as a bipartisan leader and skilled conciliator in a highly partisan environment. His tenure was marked by landmark efforts to improve safety in every mode of transportation, from aviation and rail to pipelines and automobiles. Under his leadership, improvements to America’s infrastructure included building or replacing 350,000 miles of highway, repairing 20,000 bridges and renewing or constructing 6,000 miles of rail track. Before heading the U.S. Department of Transportation, he served from 1995 to 2009 in the U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the 18th District of Illinois and also served on various House committees, among them the powerful House Appropriations Committee and the House Intelligence Committee. In 2015 LaHood penned a book "Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics," which discusses his personal perspective on tumultuous times.
Host Rick Pearson is the Chicago Tribune chief political reporter. He has covered Illinois and national politics for more than three decades, including the last four presidential contests. Pearson hosts a Sunday show on politics on WGN AM-720 and can be seen frequently on WGN-TV and CLTV.
George Williams College of Aurora University’s Town Square Series is part of the university’s Sundays at 4 cultural programing. The town square has been an open space in the heart of a traditional American town that is used for community gatherings. The town square is a symbol of democracy and a safe space for community engagement. The series was founded on Aurora University's main campus two years ago under the leadership of former Illinois state representative Tom Cross, who joined the expansive university community as the first distinguished fellow in the Institute for Collaboration located in Aurora, Illinois.