Countdown to The Benefit Dinner
Thursday, September 15

6 - 9 pm
The Cotillion
360 South Creekside Drive
Palatine, Illinois

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On Thursday, September 15, The Heartland Institute will celebrate its 32nd anniversary with a reception and dinner at The Cotillion, a fine banquet hall in Palatine, Illinois. Our keynote speaker will be political satirist and author P.J. O’Rourke, who will deliver an incisive and funny address about the 2016 election and the state of politics and culture in America today.  We are also honored to award this year’s Heartland Liberty Prize to Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell, a man who has dedicated his life to advancing the principles of liberty.


You will not want to miss this fantastic event! Click on “Tickets” in the menu above to reserve your seat or table today. For more information – and to learn about how you can attend a special VIP reception with P.J. O’Rourke before the dinner – contact Gwendalyn Carver, Heartland’s director of development, at 312/377-4000 or


About the keynote speaker:


Both Time and The Wall Street Journal have called P.J. O’Rourke “the funniest writer in America.” With more than one million words of trenchant journalism under his byline, O’Rourke has more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer. A renowned correspondent covering politics, economics, culture, and current events, he is a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard and has written for such diverse publications as The Wall Street Journal, Car and Driver, House & Garden, Forbes Life, and Rolling Stone.


He is the best-selling author of 15 books, including Parliament of Whores, Eat the Rich, Holidays in Hell, Give War a Chance, The CEO of the Sofa, and Don’t Vote – It Just Encourages the Bastards.


See a longer bio here. Read the latest hilarious P.J. O’Rourke Weekly Standard column titled: The Art of Aging Gracefully.



Program Schedule
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32nd Anniversary Benefit
05:00 PM VIP reception with P.J. O’Rourke
06:00 PM Registration & cash bar reception at The Cotillion
07:00 PM Opening remarks by Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast
07:15 PM Dinner is served
07:50 PM Introduction of P.J. O’Rourke
08:00 PM Keynote speech by P.J. O’Rourke
08:45 PM Audience Q&A with P.J. O’Rourke
09:00 PM Heartland Liberty Prize – Morton Blackwell (Presented by Jameson Campaigne & Joe Morris)
09:15 PM Raffle Drawing
09:15 PM Book signing by P.J. O’Rourke
Speaker Lineup
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P.J. O’Rourke

Political Satirist and Author

P. J. O'Rourke is an American political satirist and journalist.
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Morton Blackwell

Heartland Liberty Prize Recipient

President of the Leadership Institute
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Joseph Bast

President of The Heartland Institute

Joseph Bast is the president of The Heartland Institute
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Joe Morris

Presenter of The Heartland Liberty Prize

President of the Lincoln Legal Foundation
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Jameson Campaigne

Presenter of The Heartland Liberty Prize

Founder and president of Green Hill Publishers and Jameson Books
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