If you ask Illinoisans today what they know about Otto Kerner, who served as their governor from 1961 to 1968, they’d probably tell you that he spent time in prison, and that’s it. They wouldn’t know about his landmark work on mental health, about the creation of the state’s community college system, about his crucial role as head of Lyndon B. Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (known to history as the Kerner Commission), or a host of other accomplishments. In other words, it’s time for a thorough reassessment of one of Illinois’ most progressive governors of the 20th century.
The Governor's Conference on Otto Kerner will include four panel sessions:
The Kerner Administration: Goals & Accomplishments (Moderator: Governor Jim Edgar; Panelists: Bill Feurer, Lowell Sachnoff, Gene Schlickman, Gale Schisler)
The Journalists’ View of the Kerner Administration (Moderator: Robert Hartley; Panelists: Mike Lawrence, Taylor Pensoneau, Jack Taylor, Gene Callahan)
Luncheon: The Kerner Commission (Nathaniel Jones, Assistant General Counsel to President Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders)
The Trial & Conviction of Otto Kerner (Moderator: Ron Michaelson; Panelists: Thomas Patton, Eric Long, Bill Barnhart)
The Public and Private Otto Kerner (Moderator: Bernie Sieracki; Panelists: Anton Kerner, Roger Nathan, Wally Henderson, Helena Kerner Stern)
The luncheon speaker will be Nathaniel Jones (Assistant General Counsel to President Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, also known as the Kerner Commission).
Ticket price of $50 includes all panel sessions and lunch. Free student tickets do not include lunch (ID required upon check-in). Coffee and registration will begin at 8:30am with the program beginning promptly at 9:00am. Parking is available in the museum parking garage or on the street. For tickets, see http://alplmfoundation.tix.com/Event.aspx?EventCode=558181 or phone 217-558-8934.
The conference will be held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., Springfield. A block of rooms are available at the nearby President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center. Phone 217-544-8800 and mention Otto Kerner Conference when making your reservation.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
112 N. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62701
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