President Preckwinkle greets Liz Richie, Chicago Magnesium Casting Co. and Holly Campbell, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association prior to the start of the discussion.

President Preckwinkle greets Liz Richie, Chicago Magnesium Casting Co. (right) and Holly Campbell, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association (left) prior to the start of the discussion.

As a kickoff to the Chicago Community Trust’s Centennial, On the Table 2015 began a yearlong campaign to celebrate everyday philanthropists – people committed to doing great things to improve their community. Thousands of Chicago area residents on May 12, 2015 – from Alsip to Zion – pulled up a chair at gatherings to discuss the future of our communities. President Preckwinkle, Lanco Industries and South Suburban Mayors and Managers (SSMMA) hosted an “On the Table” event at the Lanco Industries headquarters located in Hazel Crest, Illinois.

The conversation included a cross-section of leadership from the corporate, not-for-profit and higher education institutions located in the South Suburbs. President Preckwinkle and her staff came with the intent purpose of listening and learning from the attendees. Michael Jasso, Bureau of Economic Development Bureau Chief started the discussion by asking, “How do we make the South Suburbs communities of choice for residents and businesses?” A lively discussion followed with business executives highlighting some of the region’s tremendous transportation and intermodal assets, and sharing some of the challenges they face in finding a skilled workforce. The meeting concluded with many of the businesses expressing an interest in putting their ideas “On the Table.”

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Jeffrey Kahn, President, Whiting Corporation conversing with Frank Beal, advisor to Cook County and Charlie Gallagher, President of Gallagher Asphalt  listening at On the Table  event.

Jeffrey Kahn, President, Whiting Corporation conversing with Frank Beal, advisor to Cook County and Charlie Gallagher, President of Gallagher Asphalt listening at On the Table event.