Monday’s speakers include:
Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois
Governor Pat Quinn was sworn in as the 41st Governor of Illinois on January 29th, 2009. The Governor’s efforts to boost the Illinois economy include passing business and tech-friendly legislation that strengthens Illinois’ place as capital of the Midwest. Quinn has served the people of Illinois for more than 30 years as both a citizen and a public official.
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Jan Schakowsky was elected to represent Illinois’ 9th Congressional District in 1998, after serving for eight years in the Illinois State Assembly. Schakowsky serves in the House Democratic Leadership as Chief Deputy Whip.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Duckworth ran for Congress in 2012 to advocate for the practical solutions and cooperation needed to rebuild our economy and ensure that every American has a chance to achieve the American Dream.
After nineteen years of working her dream job at the Goodyear tire factory, Lilly Ledbetter received an anonymous note revealing that she was making thousands less per year than the men in her position. Devastated, she filed a sex discrimination case against Goodyear, which she won—and then heartbreakingly lost on appeal. Over the next eight years, her case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where she lost again: the court ruled that she should have filed suit within 180 days of her first unequal paycheck–despite the fact that she had no way of knowing that she was being paid unfairly all those years. In a dramatic moment, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, urging Lilly to fight back. And fight Lilly did, becoming the namesake of Barack Obama’s first official piece of legislation as president.