The White House Office of Public Engagement invited approximately 50 Illinois grassroots leaders to the White House for a meeting Dec. 13. The title of the meeting was "Working Together to Avoid the Fiscal Cliff: A Roundtable Conversation with the Illinois Leadership Team."
After being briefed on the fiscal-cliff issues and provided with an economic overview, attendees were asked to comment on the Obama Administration's approach to the negotiations as well as discuss ways to encourage engagement on the part of other Illinois residents. This is the 16th state delegation that has been at the White House for meetings on the fiscal cliff.
The attendees were encouraged to stay engaged during Obama's second term as the administration continues to work on other policy issues, including immigration reform, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and clean energy. Text by Laura McAlpine; photo courtesy of McAlpine.
Illinois delegation members pictured here as they were about to go into their fiscal cliff policy meeting at the White House last week. From left in the first photo: Amber Smock, Bernard Cherkasov, Laura Ricketts, Laura McAlpine, Mary Morten and Modesto "Tico" Valle. Photo courtesy of Laura McAlpine