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NIU-Naperville to host post election panel with former House Speaker Hastert

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NIU will host a post-presidential election discussion with analysis provided by two legendary Illinois political figures – former U.S. Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert and former U.S. Rep. William Lipinski.

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30PM Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Event Room of NIU-Naperville, 1120 E. Diehl Road.

Hastert, a Republican from west-suburban Yorkville and alumnus of NIU, began serving in 1986 in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1999, he became speaker of the House, the third-highest elected official in the U.S. government. He left office in 2007 after four terms as speaker and 10 terms as congressman.

Lipinski, a Democrat, served as a Chicago alderman from 1975 to 1982 and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 to 2005. He is the father of current U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.).

“Hastert and Lipinski are veterans of the political scene in Washington, D.C., and they will have fascinating insights into the election results for president, as well as for local congressional races,” said Matthew Streb, chair of the NIU Department of Political Science.

Streb is frequently sought after by the media for political analysis, will serve as moderator during the discussion. Audience questions will be fielded during the second half of the evening.

Submitted by NIU.

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