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Opening Remarks: Brooke Flanagan, Board Chair, Arts Alliance Illinois, Managing Director for Advancement and External Affairs, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Richard Shavzin, President, Chicago Litigation Consultants, National Board of Directors, SAG-AFTRA
Co-Hosts and Moderators: Alison Cuddy, Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director, Chicago Humanities Festival; Craig Dellimore, Political Editor, WBBM Newsradio
Participating Chicago Mayoral Candidates: Gery Chico, Lori Lightfoot, Toni Preckwinkle, Paul Vallas, Willie Wilson
Arts Alliance Illinois was Lead Sponsor of the 2019 Mayoral Arts Forum, with Host Sponsor Broadway In Chicago, Supporting Sponsor the League of Chicago Theatres, and Promotional Partners the Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Loop Alliance, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Illinois Humanities, Ingenuity, The Joffrey Ballet, the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Local of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild–American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and TimeLine Theatre Company.
Arts Alliance Illinois wishes to thank the following individuals for making the 2019 Chicago Mayoral Arts Forum possible: Alison Cuddy and Craig Dellimore; Richard Shavzin; January Parkos Arnall, Luke Bandoske, Patricia Barretto, Tarshel Beards, Michael Burkett, Jessica Cabe, Greg Cameron, Amanda Cantlin, Jenny Lynn Christoffersen, Deb Clapp, Vicki Crain, Sarah Cuddihee, Emily Dillard, Michael M. Edwards, Joseph Engleman, Deborah Epstein, Colleen Flanigan, Lara Goetsch, Judie Moore Green, Kay Harlow, Catherine Haremski, Ashlee Harris, Hannah Kennedy, Eileen LaCario, David Liesse, Madeline Long, Karla Loring, Lauren Martin, Meghan McNamara, Lily Oberman, Matthew de la Peña, Lou Raizin, Marissa Reyes, Karla E. Rivera, Jason Saldanha, Andre Shane, Lauren Smallwood, Brian Smith, Paul Sznewajs, Brittany Tepper, and Ben Thiem; and Phillip Bahar, Brooke Flanagan, David Schmitz, Scott Silberstein, and the board of directors of Arts Alliance Illinois.