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2019 Law Day Celebration

Join the IDC for this COMPLIMENTARY event. We will have a panel of judges discuss the 2019 Law Day theme: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society.

When: May 2, 2019
2:30 - 5:00 PM
Where: HeplerBroom, LLC
130 North Main Street
Edwardsville, Illinois  62025
United States
Contact: Sandra Wulf

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Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society

Join us for a great conversation on the 2019 Law Day theme: Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society with our featured speakers: Sen. Christopher Belt, Tom Gibbons and Beth Hundsdorfer.

This event is complimentary and open to the public. Space is limited - please RSVP today!


Featured Speakers


Sen. Christopher BeltIllinois State Senate

State Senator Christopher Belt grew up in Centreville and is a lifelong resident of Illinois’ Metro East area. He represents Illinois’ 57th Senate District, which encompasses communities in St. Clair and Madison counties, including Belleville, Collinsville, O’Fallon, Granite City, Freeburg, Mascoutah and Scott Air Force Base. Prior to serving in the Illinois Senate, Belt enjoyed an 18-year career as a law enforcement officer. He spent 16 years with the St. Clair County Probation and Detention Center and two years as the regional deputy administrator of Aftercare for the central and southern regions of Illinois. Senator Belt saw firsthand the impact positive role models have on youth in his community. In 2003, this experience led him to found the Difference Makers Professional Organization, which is dedicated to strengthening the decision-making capabilities of young men between the ages of 9 and 18. He authored an educational children’s book, “The Adventures of Nate the Gnat,” to teach youth how to be safe, responsible citizens. Through his experiences as a father and a mentor, Senator Belt recognized that education is vital to the development of young people. To help make a difference, he served four years on the board of Cahokia Unit School District 187, including two years as board president. Senator Belt is a graduate of Lincoln Sr. High School in East St. Louis and has a bachelor’s degree in history from Illinois State University, as well as master’s degrees in public administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and in professional counseling from Lindenwood-Belleville.


Tom GibbonsMadison County States Attorney

Tom Gibbons was appointed Madison County States Attorney by Chairman Alan Dunstan and the unanimous vote of the Madison County Board on November 17, 2010 to fill out the remaining 2-year term of State's Attorney William A. Mudge who was elected Circuit Judge in the November 2010 election. Gibbons was elected to a four-year term as Madison County State's Attorney in November 2012. In 1998, Gibbons, a native of Edwardsville, was hired by the State's Attorney's Office upon graduation from St. Louis University Law School. Gibbons left the office in 2001 to pursue a career in the private sector, but returned in 2004 as a part-time Assistant State's Attorney. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree and Juris Doctor from St. Louis University, he pursued a Masters in Public Administration at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, graduating in 2003. He is a certified arbitrator in the 3rd Judicial Circuit.


Beth HundsdorferSt. Louis Public Radio

Beth Hundsdorfer is an investigative reporter for St. Louis Public RadioHundsdorfer previously worked for the Belleville, Ill. News-Democrat covering the courts beat as well as doing investigative reporting. She uncovered corruption in East St. Louis Township that resulted in a five-year prison sentence for Township Supervisor Oliver Hamilton. She has also covered systemic flaws in the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Illinois Department of Human Services. Her reporting on sexual assault resulted in the formation of a task force that aimed to change the way police and prosecutors handle sex cases. She is the winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the George Polk Award, the Casey Medal, National Headliners Award and the John Jay College Journalism Award. 


Thank you!

We would like to thank HeplerBroom LLC for hosting this event!


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