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“Parker Democrats” Host Local Leaders

Upper School students Eli Moog ’22 and Grace Conrad ’21 began the “Parker Democrat” student club in part to bring local and state Democratic leaders to the school to discuss Democratic policies in government in general, and their personal experiences in particular, with students.

Last week, the students hosted Robert Emmons, a candidate challenging Bobby Rush for Illinois’-1st U.S. Congressional District—a feat President Barack Obama once attempted and lost during his first campaign. Cook County Board of Commissioners President Toni Preckwinkle also visited the school last week, when she got down to basics on how the Cook County government works, her history as an alderman and her thoughts on the teachers strike.

Both days were filled with eager Parker kids who asked plenty of great questions, and we look forward to more visits from local politicians in the future.
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