SIU returns to roots to celebrate 20th year
For the 20th anniversary of its Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University Carbondale is going back to where it started: former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, who signed off on creating the institute in 1995.
“We are delighted that Gov. Edgar will be joining us to reflect upon Sen. Simon’s living legacy through the institute that now bears his name,” Jak Tichenor, the institute's interim director, said. “Gov. Edgar was literally present at the beginning of the institute, and we deeply appreciate his continued support of the nonpartisan approach to public policy development that Paul began here 20 years ago this spring.”
The celebration will include lectures and conferences covering public policy topics like the state’s budget, funding fairness and childhood poverty. Edgar’s keynote address will take place at 6 p.m. on May 4 in the Student Center Auditorium.
“We believe the best tribute to Paul and his legacy is to explore important public policy issues and address the issues of the day,” Tichenor said. “That is what we believe is a fitting tribute to his memory. He really felt strongly about that.”