Despite a snowy start to the day, the 2014 Economic Breakfast this morning drew a crowd of almost 200 to listen as noted economists and business experts discussed Illinois' economy and how it impacts businesses.


The speakers were Professor Richard F. Dye of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois; Carol Portman, President of the Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois; and Douglas L. Whitley, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The discussion was moderated by Julian Crews of WGN-TV.

This event served as a major fundraiser for our club, enabling us to assist those in need locally, across the country, and across the world. Our featured recipient is HealthReach, the only free medical clinic in Lake County.

Donations may still be made to support this event; see

Thanks to Tim Newman for his tireless work as event chair; to all the members who brought in donors and attendees; and to the standout staff of the Lake Forest Club for making it all look easy.