The Heartland Institute's 31st Anniversary Benefit Dinner
Thursday, October 8, 2015

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

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Dear friends,

On Thursday, October 8, The Heartland Institute will celebrate its 31st anniversary with a reception and dinner with speakers at The Cotillion, a fine banquet hall in Palatine, Illinois. I hope you can join us!

The food is great, parking is free, and tickets cost as little as $59 if you place your reservation by September 19. The Cotillion is about 30 minutes from downtown Chicago and just 20 minutes from O’Hare International Airport. Inexpensive hotel rooms are nearby.

This year’s featured speakers will be conservative author and scholar Dr. Angelo Codevilla and Illinois state Rep. Tom Morrison. In addition, we will be recognizing Ronald Reagan’s “terrible swift sword of the civil service,” Dr. Donald J. Devine, with this year’s Heartland Liberty Prize.

We dropped ticket and table prices last year to make it a little more affordable for most of our supporters, allies, and friends. We’re doing the same thing this year. After September 19, prices go up so please reserve your place today!

This year’s theme is “The Heartland versus The Ruling Class.” It borrows from the title of one of keynoter Angelo Codevilla’s recent books, The Ruling Class: How They Corrupted America and What We Can Do About It. Dr. Codevilla identified the people and organizations at the heart of the attack on American freedom. “The Ruling Class,” he says, is a bipartisan group of political elites educated at universities known for their left-wing biases, convinced of the soundness of their opinions even when they know little or nothing of substance, and whose success largely depends on access to politicians or being part of a vast government bureaucracy.

“The majority of Americans feel that the Ruling Class is demeaning us, impoverishing us, demoralizing us, and want to be rid of it,” Dr. Codevilla writes.

When I read that line, I knew I had to invite Dr. Codevilla to be our keynote speaker this year. “The Heartland versus The Ruling Class” was the perfect theme! I was thrilled when he graciously agreed.

Please register today to attend this important but also fun event. Come to meet old friends and make new ones, to hear excellent speakers, and to introduce friends to the freedom movement. Don’t hesitate to call Gwen Carver here at Heartland, at 312/377-4000, to discuss reserving a table or if you need help filling a table.

I hope to see you on October 8!

Joseph Bast
The Heartland Institute

Program Schedule
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31st Anniversary Benefit
06:00 PM Registration & cash bar reception
07:00 PM Doors to banquet hall open
07:00 PM Welcome by Joseph Bast
07:30 PM Dinner is served
08:15 PM Introduction of Angelo Codevilla by Charlie Kirk
08:20 PM Keynote speech by Angelo Codevilla
08:50 PM Liberty Prize awarded to Donald Devine by Jameson Campaigne and Joe Morris
09:00 PM Wrap up and dessert reception
Speaker Lineup
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Angelo Codevilla

Professor emeritus at Boston University

Angelo M. Codevilla is professor emeritus of international relations at Boston University. ...
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Donald J. Devine, Ph.D.

American political scientist, author, and former government official

The Heartland Institute is proud to award the Heartland Liberty Prize to Donald J. Devine. ...
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Illinois Representative Tom Morrison

Illinois Representative

Rep. Tom Morrison (R-54th) has served in the Illinois legislature since 2011, representing ...
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Charlie Kirk

Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA

Charlie Kirk is the Founder and Executive Director of Turning Point USA, a national ...
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