UNESCO International Honorary Biennial Lecture
Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of NUI Galway
and Professor Pat Dolan, UNESCO Chair in Children,
Youth and Civic Engagement
will host the
UNESCO International Honorary Biennial Lecture 2018
Ms Toni Preckwinkle, President, Board of Commissioners, Cook County, Illinois
entitled Reform in Cook County and Juvenile Justice
Date: Tuesday, 22 May 2018
Venue: Aula Maxima Lower, Quadrangle, NUI Galway
President Toni Preckwinkle
Toni Preckwinkle is the 35th president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, an office she has held since 2010. A dedicated and effective public servant, President Preckwinkle has worked collaboratively to reshape County government through increased fiscal responsibility, transparency and improved services.
As the top executive in Cook County, President Preckwinkle oversees one of the nation’s largest public health and hospitals systems and one of the nation’s largest criminal justice systems. She is a lifelong advocate for equity and equality, and through her work as president, has fought to improve health care access, bring increased fairness to the criminal justice system and expand employment training opportunities for some of the County’s most disadvantaged youth.
President Preckwinkle is a nationally recognized leader in the drive to reduce unnecessary and costly incarceration of non-violent offenders in the criminal justice system.
Before she was elected Cook County Board President, President Preckwinkle served 19 years as Alderman for the 4th Ward in Chicago, building a reputation for progressive independence. She replaced failed public housing with viable mixed-income development. Prior to holding elected office, President Preckwinkle taught high school history for 10 years. She holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Chicago. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of three.