U.S. Senator Richard Durbin will deliver the annual Reverend Donald H. Wheat Lecture, “Toward Justice for All,” at Third Unitarian’s 11 a.m., Oct. 17 online service via Zoom. The lecture honors Rev. Wheat as minister emeritus. A Q&A will follow the service.

Sen. Durbin has served Illinois in the Senate since 1996 and as Senate Majority Whip since 2005. He is chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee as they consider immigration and criminal justice reform, work to combat hate crimes and domestic terrorism, and oversee the nominations process for our nation’s federal courts, up to and including the Supreme Court.

Durbin is the first Illinois senator in more than a quarter-century to serve on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, a position that allows him to advocate for federal priorities important to Illinois. He is also a member of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee.

Most recently Durbin, with U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-10th), introduced bicameral legislation aimed at reducing gun violence by preventing the theft of firearms from federally licensed gun dealers.

To receive information to join the online service, complete the brief form on the Third Unitarian website: https://www.thirdunitarianchurch.org/wheat-lecture

More information on Sen. Durbin is at https://www.durbin.senate.gov/about-dick-durbin.

David Boulanger, Oak Park 

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