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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Registration: 8:30 am

Program: 9:00 - 11:30 am

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Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Blvd.—Main Lounge
Chicago, IL 60604

The Union League Club of Chicago maintains a ‘business casual’ dress code – i.e., no jeans, denim or athletic wear.”
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Tracy A. Schonberger
Center for Tax and Budget Accountability


Attucks Asset Managment, LLC
Illinois AFL-CIO
Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance
Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
National Able Network
State University Annuitants Association



2016 CTBA Annual Fiscal Symposium 

The Importance of Public Education—a Sustainable Way to Fund it—to Illinois’ Future

Please join us on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, for CTBA’s Annual Fiscal Symposium. Illinois State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith will explain the role Illinois’ K-12 education system plays in building a strong economy and how the budget uncertainty impacts state and local communities. Our panel of distinguished legislators will respond and discuss what education and fiscal reforms are needed to move Illinois forward.


Hear real solutions for Illinois’ budget problems and education funding system.

Keynote Speaker

Tony Smith, Ph.D. 
State Superintendent of Education

Dr. Tony Smith was appointed by the State Board of Education effective May 1, 2015.

Prior to his arrival at the Illinois State Board of Education, Dr. Smith was the executive director of the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation, which annually awards more than $5 million in grants that support children's development and education. Before joining the Stone Foundation, Dr. Smith led the Oakland Unified School District in California, where he helped improve academic outcomes, district finances, family engagement and organizational coherence during his four-year tenure.

Dr. Smith has served in a wide range of leadership roles, primarily in his native state of California. Prior to being superintendent in Oakland, Dr. Smith served as Deputy Superintendent for the San Francisco Unified School District, where he led efforts to close the achievement gap. He also served as Superintendent of the Emery Unified School District. He previously led the Math, Science and Technology Initiative at the Emeryville Citywide Initiative. He oversaw several major programs at the former Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools, now known as the National Equity Project.

Dr. Smith earned his bachelor's degree in English in 1992 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was captain of the football team. He went on to earn his master's and doctorate degrees in the Division of Language, Literacy and Culture from Cal's Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Smith and his wife, Kathleen, an Oak Park native, and their two daughters reside in River Forest.




Moderator: Brandis Friedman (bio) 
Chicago Tonight Correspondent and Content Producer
WTTW Channel 11 


  • Honorable William “Will” Davis (D-30), Chair, Approp, Elementary & Secondary Education
  • Honorable Toi W. Hutchinson (D-40), Chair, Senate Revenue Committee
  • Honorable Kimberly A. Lightford (D-4), Senate Majority Leader
  • Honorable Karen McConnaughay (R-33), Minority Spokesperson, Senate Transportation Committee
  • Honorable Robert W. Pritchard (R-70), Republican Spokesperson, Approp-Elementary & Secondary Education


Register Now! Or To Register By Mail: Download and complete the REGISTRATION FORM. Mail your check and registration form to CTBA, Attn: Tracy Schonberger, 70 E. Lake Street, Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601

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We look forward to seeing you on September 20, 2016