DECATUR — Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar will stop by Millikin University on Monday, Sept. 17, for a community-wide conversation about Illinois politics in the modern age.

Edgar will speak at 7 p.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Room on the 3rd floor of the University Commons on Millikin’s campus. The event, which will take place on Constitution Day, is open to the public at no cost and is made possible by the Thomas W. Ewing Lecture Fund.

Edgar will also speak to students in Millikin's American Political Behavior from 2 to 3:15 p.m. that afternoon in Shilling Hall, Room 317; as well as with students during Millikin’s Political Café held at 3:30 p.m. at the University Commons' coffee shop Common Grounds.

Edgar, a Republican, was elected governor in 1990 and was re-elected in 1994, carrying all but one of Illinois’ 102 counties.

Since retiring from public office after his second-term, Edgar became a resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He currently is a distinguished fellow at the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He spearheads the Edgar Fellows program, which brings together emerging leaders from all parts of Illinois to foster the statesmanship that will address major challenges across regional, partisan and ethnic lines.

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