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U.S. Senator Durbin to speak Saturday in Ottawa

Several speakers tabbed for Biennial Labor Summit

U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.
U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., is scheduled to speak in Ottawa.

The Illinois Valley Federation of Labor and the Illinois Valley Building Trades will be hosting their fourth Biennial Labor Summit on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the K of C Hall, 401 W Main St., Ottawa.

Durbin was elected in 1996. He has been the Senate Democratic Whip since 2005, which is the second-highest position for the Democratic party in the U.S. Senate.

Scheduled Speakers include Durbin, State Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Tinley Park), Illinois Department of Labor Director Michael Kleinik, State Rep. Lance Yednock (D-Ottawa), Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride, of La Salle, University of Illinois Professor Robert Bruno, Ottawa Mayor Dan Aussem, Mandy Ganiey, of Painters District Council 30, and local attorney Alexis Ferracuti.

The Labor Summit has had a history of drawing notable state politicians. In 2018, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) spoke in front of about 300 people at the K of C in Ottawa for the event.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and the event should conclude at 2:30 p.m.

For further information, contact Dan Mercer, IVFL President at 815-878-9130 and Steven Conrad, IVBTC President at 815-378-1604.

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