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The Heartland Institute’s 32nd Anniversary Benefit Dinner

On Thursday, September 15, The Heartland Institute celebrated its 32nd anniversary with a reception and dinner at The Cotillion in Palatine, Illinois.

Blackwell Bast Liberty Prize
September 15, 2016
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Cotillion
360 S Creekside Dr
Palatine, Illinois 60074

Our keynote speaker was political satirist and author P.J. O’Rourke, who delivered an incisive and funny address about the 2016 election and the state of politics and culture in America today.  We were also honored to award this year’s Heartland Liberty Prize to Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell, a man who has dedicated his life to advancing the principles of liberty.

If you could not attend, or want to relive that special evening, view the video playlist below in which Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast delivers opening remarks (read his remarks here), and Jameson Campaigne and Joseph Morris present the Heartland Liberty Prize to Morton Blackwell. (Read Campaigne's remarks here.)

  • Speakers
    • P.J. O’Rourke
      Keynote Speaker
      Both Time and The Wall Street Journal have called P.J. O’Rourke “the funniest writer in America.” With more than one million words of trenchant journalism under his byline, O’Rourke has more citations in The Penguin Dictionary of Humorous Quotations than any other living writer. He is the best-selling author of 15 books, including “Parliament of Whores,” “Eat the Rich,” “Holidays in Hell,” “Give War a Chance,” “The CEO of the Sofa,” “Don’t Vote – It Just Encourages the Bastards,” and “Thrown Under the Omnibus: A Reader.”
    • Morton Blackwell
      Morton Blackwell
      Winner, 2016 Heartland Liberty Prize
      Morton Blackwell founded the Leadership Institute in 1979 as a nonpartisan educational foundation dedicated to training future leaders of the conservative movement in politics, government, and media. To date, Blackwell has trained more than 175,000 young conservatives through the Arlington, Virginia-based organization, which now has a full-time staff of 75 and an annual budget of $24 million.
    • Joseph Bast
      Joseph Bast
      President, The Heartland Institute
      Joseph Bast is president and CEO of The Heartland Institute, a national nonprofit research center founded in Chicago in 1984 and now located in Arlington Heights, Illinois. According to a recent telephone survey, among state elected officials The Heartland Institute is among the nation’s best-known and most highly regarded “think tanks.”
    • Jameson Campaigne
      Jameson Campaigne
      Founder, Green Hill Publishers and Jameson Books
      Jameson Campaigne is the founder of Green Hill Publishers and Jameson Books. He has been a leader in conservative politics and philosophy for decades. The long list of institutions and organizations which he has served includes the American Conservative Union, the Mont Pelerin Society, Americans for Effective Law Enforcement, the National Humanities Institute, the National Tax Limitation Committee, The Media Institute, and The Philadelphia Society.
    • Joseph A. Morris
      Joseph A. Morris
      President, Lincoln Legal Foundation
      Joseph A. Morris, president of the Lincoln Legal Foundation, is a partner in the law firm of Morris & De La Rosa, with offices in Chicago and London. He is a member of the Bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Illinois, and several other courts. Mr. Morris served under President Reagan as Assistant Attorney General of the United States and Director of the Department of Justice Office of Liaison Services.
    • Jim Lakely
      Jim Lakely
      Director of Communications, The Heartland Institute
      Jim Lakely is director of communications at The Heartland Institute, a spokesman for the organization, editor-in-chief of Heartland’s blog, the Freedom Pub, and executive producer of the Heartland Daily Podcast. Lakely often serves as “master of ceremonies” at The Heartland Institute’s public events. Prior to joining Heartland in 2008, Lakely spent 16 years in daily-deadline journalism.

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