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The Heartland Institute's 34th Anniversary Benefit Dinner

Keynote Speaker: Andrew Napolitano | Master of Ceremonies: Joe Walsh

Andrew Napolitano
October 26, 2018
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
The Cotillion
360 South Creekside Drive
Palatine, Illinois 60074


On Friday, October 26, 2018, The Heartland Institute will celebrate its 34th Anniversary with a reception and dinner with speakers at The Cotillion, a fine banquet hall in Palatine, Illinois.

This year's featured speaker will be Judge Andrew P. Napolitano.

The theme of the event is The Constitution and Human Freedom. This topic will echo and exemplify Heartland’s stance on freedom for everyone and an in-depth look at the constitution’s promise to deliver freedom. Which is why we're thrilled nationally syndicated radio host and AM560's own Joe Walsh is our master of ceremonies.

Judge Napolitano tenaciously defends the natural law freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. Famous for his candid remarks, signature wit, and personal anecdotes, Judge Napolitano is the American media’s most outspoken analyst of the legal system, most fervent critic of government intervention into personal lives and commercial transactions and most passionate defender of the Constitution. He also lectures nationally on the rule of law, civil liberties in wartime, and on human freedom.

We will begin the with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. with Judge Napolitano, Joe Walsh, and our Liberty Prize Winners Joseph and Diane Carol Bast.

The reception for the general audience begins at 6:00 p.m. Opening remarks begin at 7:00 p.m., dinner is served at 7:15 p.m. and speakers start at 8:00 p.m. The entire program will run until about 9:00 p.m.

  • Speakers
    • Andrew Napolitano
      Judge Andrew Napolitano
      Keynote Speech topic: The Constitution and Human Freedom
      Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, Fox News Channel Senior Judicial Analyst, is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of New Jersey. While on the bench from 1987 to 1995, Judge Napolitano presided over more than 150 jury trials and sat in all parts of the Superior Court — criminal, civil, equity, and family. He has handled thousands of sentencings, motions, hearings, and divorces. He taught constitutional law and jurisprudence at Delaware Law School for two years and Seton Hall Law School for 11 years and currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. He was often chosen by the students as their most outstanding professor. Judge Napolitano returned to private law practice in 1995 and began television broadcasting in the same year. Judge Napolitano joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in January 1998 and currently serves as the senior judicial analyst. He provides legal analysis on both FNC and Fox Business Network (FBN) throughout the day, Monday through Friday. He is nationally known for watching and reporting on the government as it takes liberty and property. He is the author of the best-selling book "Suicide Pact."
    • Joe Walsh
      Joe Walsh
      Nationally Syndicated Radio Host (broadcasting from Chicago's own AM560) Joe Walsh
      Congressman Joe Walsh was born and raised in North Barrington, Illinois, the fifth of nine children. He graduated from Barrington High School, attended Grinnell College (Iowa), and has a BA in English from the University of Iowa. He also holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. Elected to the United States Congress in 2010, Joe refused his Congressional health benefits and pension, slept in his office, limited himself to no more than three terms in office, and held more town hall meetings than any member of Congress. Since March of 2013, Joe has been the host of the most popular political talk radio show in Chicago on AM560 The Answer. In April 2017, Joe’s show was picked up for syndication by Salem Radio Network and can now be heard on over 80 stations. Most recently, since April 2018, Joe Walsh has also hosted The Joe Walsh Show on Newsmax TV. Joe was an early employee of The Heartland Institute when the organization began in the early 1980s. He lives in Mundelein, Illinois, with his wife Helene. Between them, they have five children.

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