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Contact: Vicky Ostry
(262) 439-9223
[email protected]

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Forum invites the public to hear John Tillman on Thursday, November 9, 2017. The title of Tillman’s presentation: “What Is America’s 21st Century Destiny? The People vs. The Government.”

John Tillman is one of the nation’s most prominent leaders of a state-based think tank. As CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, Tillman transformed what many wrote off as a blue state into a place ripe for free-market reform.

In addition to the Illinois Policy Institute, Tillman founded or co-founded a variety of key organizations in Illinois to create the competitive capacity needed to turn Illinois around, including the Liberty Justice Center, a 501(c)(3) public-interest law firm, the Illinois Opportunity Project 501(c)(4), the Illinois Liberty Political Action Committee, and more. His success has become a model for liberty-based organizations across the country.

Tillman won the State Policy Network’s prestigious Roe Award in 2011 for his leadership, innovation and accomplishments in the world of public policy. This annual award pays tribute to those in the state public policy movement whose achievements have greatly advanced the free-market philosophy.

Tillman is regularly featured in the media, and has appeared on FOX News Channel, FOX Business, the BBC and NPR, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times and other news outlets.

If you want to get a jump on this presentation you are encouraged to visit one or more of the following websites:

The 2017-2018 Season of dinner meetings are in the Grand Ballroom of The Astor Hotel, located conveniently at 924 E Juneau Avenue, just a few blocks north of downtown Milwaukee.

Members of the public are invited to attend The Wisconsin Forum dinner meetings as guests for one or more dinners, or they may save a few dollars per event and join as season-long members of the Forum.

For more information about The Wisconsin Forum and our 2017-2018 Season, visit our website: You can also email [email protected], or call Vicky at (262) 439-9223.  Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.


The Wisconsin Forum was founded in 1965 by some of Milwaukee’s industrial leaders, who included Chet W Anderson – Employers Association (now MRA); Robert W. Baird – Marine Bank; William H. Brady – W.H. Brady Co. (now Brady Corporation); Harold Falk – Falk Corporation; Burleigh Jacobs – Grede Foundries; William Law – Cudahy Tanning and Law Tanning Company; and, James Wright – Badger Meter.

The original purpose for creating the Forum was to educate their employees about the true definition of liberty and free market concepts. Today, through the schedule of dinner meetings, the Wisconsin Forum continues to fulfill this commitment. Dinner meetings give members and guests an opportunity to enter into meaningful discussions with the presenters and network with other guests from the community.

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