The purpose of the forum is to provide a nonpartisan opportunity for
the candidates to discuss their ideas and highlight the differences
in their individual platforms. It is also intended to further engage
the citizens of Lincoln and the campus community in the democratic
Neither the student organization nor the chamber of commerce will
endorse or promote any particular candidate or party affiliation.
Dr. John Hutchinson, president of Lincoln College, has been
selected to moderate the event, and the questions will be selected
by a panel to provide objective opportunities for each candidate to
answer questions of importance to the average citizen and to the
The panel is made up of Andi Hake, executive director of the
Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce; Mary Ahillen,
superintendent of Lincoln Elementary School District 27; and Matt
Dickenson, who has a degree in sociology and is involved in the
Lincoln College community as a sponsor for one of the clubs. The
students selected Dickenson and thought he would make a good
addition to the panel as a young minority member of the community
who brings a different representation to the panel.
Guests in attendance will have the opportunity to submit
questions to be in the selection process by the panel. Individuals
wishing to submit questions need to arrive by 6:45 p.m.
A reception will immediately follow the debate, providing an
extra opportunity for the public to connect with the candidates. The
hosts anticipate an enlightening evening.
This is a free event for the community, but reservations and
tickets are required. Please contact the chamber of commerce to make
reservations at 217-735-2385 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can be picked up at the
chamber office, 1555 Fifth St.; Heartland College, 620 Broadway; and
Lincoln College, 300 Keokuk St.
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Candidates who filed with the city by Dec. 15 and wish to
participate in the debate must contact the chamber by Jan. 12.
The Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit
agency that provides advocacy for business by providing leadership,
programs and services that create, protect and enhance the business
environment for the benefit of chamber members and Lincoln and Logan
The Lincoln College Student Senate exists to provide
communication between the student body, the administration, the
board of trustees of Lincoln College, and the Lincoln and Logan
County community. The organization assists in promoting the ideals
and objectives of the Lincoln campus of Lincoln College in providing
opportunities for education.
[Text from file received from
Chamber of Commerce]