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    Holiday Luncheon Featuring Colleen Callahan, Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

    December 09, 2019
    11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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    Union League Club
    65 W Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL 60604
    https://www.ulcc.org/
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    ”What Do You Know About the Illinois Department of Natural Resources?  Or, Think You Know?”

    We look forward to hosting Director Colleen Callahan who will share the breadth and depth of the state agency...and be prepared to be surprised.  Illinois Department of Natural Resources oversight and activities annually support 90,000 jobs, at least $32 billion worth of economic impact and touches the lives of every Illinoisan in both familiar and unexpected ways.

    Speaker

    Colleen Callahan 
    Director
    Illinois Department of Natural Resources

    Colleen Callahan, of Kickapoo, Ill., began her appointment as director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources March 1, 2019; she was confirmed by the Illinois Senate April 12, 2019.

    Appointed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in 2019, Callahan brings a wealth of professional and public service experience to the department.

    Prior to her appointment to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Callahan served as state director of Illinois’ Rural Development for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Appointed by President Barack Obama, Callahan managed a 20 percent reduction in staffing at Rural Development while, at the same time, generating a $1 billion increase in the Illinois loan portfolio. Callahan’s success as Illinois’ director for Rural Development led the agency to ask her to train other Rural Development state offices.

    A successful communicator, Callahan dedicated most of her professional career to agriculture communications, serving as the first female agribusiness director for WMBD Radio and Television in Peoria.  Her 30-year career at WMBD led Callahan to the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, where she served as the first female president of the organization and was the first woman to be inducted into their Hall of Fame.

    Callahan earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications from the University of Illinois. She and her husband, Dick, raise cattle and grow corn and soybeans on their farm in Peoria County. They have one grown daughter, Brittney. 

    Tickets

    $85.00 Member Ticket
    $75.00 Earlybird rate before December 3

    $85.00 Spouse of Member Ticket
    $75.00 Earlybird rate before December 3

    $75.00 Young Professional Member Ticket
    $65.00 Earlybird rate before December 3

    $95.00 Young Professional Non-Member Ticket
    $85.00 Earlybird rate before December 3

    $105.00 Non-Member Ticket
    $95.00 Earlybird rate before December 3