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Office of Public and Government Affairs                    (312) 996-3456 /

Week of Oct. 03, 2016


CTA Red Line Extension Plan
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

The Chicago Transit Authority’s plans to advance the Red Line Extension Project and the upcoming release of the draft environmental impact statement are encouraging steps for the South Side, where residents need better public investment, access to jobs, schools, and other opportunities, says Kate Lowe, UIC assistant professor of urban planning and policy. Lowe, who studies transportation and equity, cautions that the project’s construction is far from definite, "as local and state policy makers will need to identify substantial funding for the project, and federal assistance is highly competitive." Lowe is available to address the plan to extend Red Line rail service, as well as issues related to transportation funding and policy, low-income populations and transportation, and environmental justice and equity.


Political Polling
Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

Unscientific web polls from some media outlets attempting to gauge voters’ post-debate opinions are being touted by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign. Tim Johnson, director of the Survey Research Laboratory in the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, says methodology, sampling, and margin of error are among the attributes that set apart scientific surveys from web polls. Johnson, who is vice president/president-elect for the American Association for Public Opinion Research, can discuss best practices related to designing, conducting, and analyzing surveys and resulting data.


Contact Brian Flood: (312) 996-7681 /

As the presidential election draws closer, hundreds of students from UIC will voice their top political concerns Oct. 7 as part of the National Student Issues Convention, an annual series of conventions and dialogues at colleges and universities across the country. The UIC event, organized by the department of political science, provides students the opportunity to debate with their peers in a convention-like setting, collaborate to develop an agenda and convey their concerns to policymakers and candidates seeking office. 9 a.m. – noon. Public officials will be on hand from 11 a.m. – noon. Illinois Room A-B, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St. News media are invited.


Oct. 16 | Free, Open to media | Call:(312) 996-8277

UI Health's Mile Square Health Center and the Program for Healthcare Justice for People with Disabilities will host ScreenABLE Saturday: A Celebration of Wellness for Women with Disabilities on Oct. 15. The event will offer free accessible mammograms and other women's health screenings. 


12, Wednesday | Free | Call: (312) 413-3780

"Future of Chicago" lecture series. Joe Ferguson, City of Chicago Inspector General. Noon. Lecture Center C1, 802 S. Halsted St.  


17, Monday | Free | Call: (312) 413-3780

"Future of Chicago" lecture series. Edward Burke, 14th Ward alderman. Noon. Lecture Center C1, 802 S. Halsted St.  


27, Thursday | Free | Call: (312) 355-5030

UIC's Center for Public Safety and Justice will host a civic engagement event featuring public safety representatives and residents of Chicago's North Lawndale and West Garfield Park communities. Participants will share their experiences and lessons learned from the center's pilot project, which included community tours, restorative justice peace circles, and shared meals. Reception with light refreshments to follow. 2 - 4 p.m. Registration is required. Cardinal Room, Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St.


Thru Dec. 9 | Free | Call: (312) 996-9549

Works of six Chicago-area artists are featured in the final installment of the exhibition series marking the 25th anniversary of African American Cultural Center at UIC. Open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; and by appointment. Room 207, UIC African American Cultural Center Gallery, Addams Hall, 830 S. Halsted St.