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Rob Johnson is an Emmy Award-winning, former TV News Anchor who spent 21 years on Chicago’s airwaves. He has now taken that expertise to create his consulting firm, Rob Johnson Communications, assisting clients with a wide range of communications.
Rep. La Shawn K. Ford is a fierce social justice advocate for Chicago’s West Side community and portions of the western suburbs that encompass the 8th District he represents in the Illinois General Assembly. First elected in 2006, Rep. Ford has worked diligently to provide opportunities for individuals returning to society post-incarceration, co-founding the West Side Heroin Task Force; and passing a House Resolution with bipartisan sponsorship urging that social justice be the guiding principle in decision-making in the House of Representatives.
Sen. Julie Morrison is a staunch defender of human services for Illinois citizens. She was first elected to the State Senate in 2012. As former chair of the Senate Human Services Committee, Morrison passed a measure to expand court protections for people with disabilities, worked to make it easier for victims of domestic violence to report abuse, and continues to call on the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to find ways to best serve our state’s at-risk youth.
The O’Briens are a well-known Chicago family, the owners of O’Briens restaurants and MADO Healthcare, a group of mental health recovery treatment facilities founded by Peter’s parents more than a half-century ago. Peter and his wife Mimi have three daughters; Peter Jr. (PJ) was their only son. PJ died long before his time, felled at 32 by schizophrenia and health problems that resulted from medicating himself with alcohol. Peter found a way to use his family’s experience to draw attention to the damage that secrecy and shame can do to people with mental illness.
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