CHICAGO — Assignment Desks, Editors: The following events are for planning purposes. Listing does not indicate AP coverage. Scheduled events are subject to change. Contact numbers are not for publication.
Monday, July 14
CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin will have a press conference on a growing number of Central American child refugees crossing into the United States, 5:15 p.m., Loyola University Chicago Centennial Forum, 1125 W. Loyola Ave. Contact: John Normoyle, (312) 833-0931 or John-Normoyle@durbin.senate.gov.
CHICAGO — Prayer vigil for 8-year-old murder victim Mya Lyons, 6 p.m., 8427 South Gilbert Court. Contact: Dawn Valenti, (773) 574-9681.
CHICAGO — Mauritanian singer Noura Mint Seymali and Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub will perform as part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events' Downtown Sound series. 6:30 p.m. Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Contact: Jamey Lundblad, (312) 744-2493.
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BELLEVILLE — Funeral for former U.S. Sen. Alan J. Dixon will be held. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and former Gov. Jim Thompson are expected to attend. 11 a.m. Auditorium at Lindenwood University, 2600 W. Main St. Contact: Dan Regan, (312) 573-5473.
DARIEN — U.S. Rep. Bill Foster will host a discussion on civil rights. Speakers include Kevin J. Bedford of Progressive Baptist Church in Aurora and Mario Lambert, President of the DuPage County NAACP. 11 a.m. Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Road. Contact: Megan Jacobs, (202) 225-3515.
Tuesday, July 15
CHICAGO — The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees annual convention runs through July 18 in Chicago. AFSCME Secretary Treasurer Laura Reyes will speak Tuesday. 9:30 a.m. McCormick Place Hall B, 2301 S Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Contact: Chris Fleming, (202) 631-0929.
CHICAGO — Joint Committee on Administrative Rules reviews proposed rules on the Illinois medical cannabis program and other agenda items. 10 a.m. Bilandic Building, Room 600C, 160 N. LaSalle St. Contact: 217-785-2254.
CHICAGO — Boxers Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana will stop in Chicago to promote their Sept. 13 fight in Las Vegas. 11 a.m. media arrival time, noon scheduled start for news conference. Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway. Contact: Kelly Swanson, (202) 783-5500.
CHICAGO — The General Assembly's new Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee will meet publicly for the first time. 2 p.m. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle St. Contact: Ryan Keith,
CALUMET CITY — Illinois Department of Natural Resources holds pollution control meeting. 6 p.m. Calumet City Administration Building. 204 Pulaski Road. Contact Lisa Cotner, email@example.com.
BENSENVILLE — The Council of Islamic Organizations and Downtown Islamic Center to host Cardinal Francis George at Catholic-Muslim Ramadan Iftar. 6:30 p.m. Monty's Banquets. 703 S. York Rd. Contact: Aymen Abdel Halim. 312-506-0070.
Wednesday, July 16
CHICAGO — The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees annual convention plans a march and rally to support Chicago cab drivers. 3 p.m. James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St. Contact: Chris Fleming, 202-631-0929.
CHICAGO — Citizen Action/Illinois will have a press conference to demand Walgreens remove toxic products from its shelves as part of a national day of action for the Safer Chemicals/Health Families coalition, 11 a.m., Walgreens flagship store, 400 N. Michigan. Contact John Gaudette, (312) 427-2114, ext. 208.
NORMAL — Illinois State University will host the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference. 8 a.m. Bone Student Center, 100 N. University St. Contact: David Loomis, 309-438-7979.
EVANSTON — Community members are invited to join Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl for a town hall meeting. 7 p.m. the Chandler-Newberger Community Center, 1028 Central St. Contact: Patrick Deignan firstname.lastname@example.org, or 847-448-8234
WILIMINGTON — Will County Board Member Ragan Freitag will host a community meeting on the planned Illiana Expressway. 5 p.m. Wilmington City Hall, 1165 S. Water St. Contact: Regan Freitag, (815) 545-6642.
Thursday, July 17
CHICAGO — The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees annual runs through July 18. The Rev. William Barber will speak. Noon. McCormick Place Hall B, 2301 S Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Contact: Chris Fleming, 202-631-0929.
CHICAGO — Access to Capital Workshop for small business owners, sponsored by the Little Village Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration, 8:30 a.m., Second Federal Savings, 3960 W. 26th Street. Contact: Jaime DiPaulo, (773) 521-5387, email@example.com.
TINLEY PARK — The Illinois Student Assistance Commission will sponsor a conference called College Changes Everything on the state's goal to increase the percentage of adults with degrees to 60 percent by 2015. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tinley Park Convention Center, 8451 Convention Center Dr. Contact: Lynne Baker, 847.831.8024.
Friday, July 18
CHICAGO — U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush will host a minor contracting opportunity fair. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Illinois Institute of Technology, Hermann Hall, 3241 S. Federal St. Contact: Debra Johnson, (202) 679-0381.
CHICAGO — Mandela Day celebration by the South African Consulate of Chicago, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., various locations. Contact Tshepisco Matlala, Matlalat@dirco.gov.za.
CHICAGO — North American Bitcoin Conference will screen the documentary "The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin." 7:30 p.m. House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St. Contact: Martin Stein, 702-285-2873, firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOLIET — Metra board of directors meeting. 10 a.m. 302 N. Chicago St. Contact: 312-322-6966.
DES PLAINES — U.S. Navy submarine veteran from World War II Robert Krautstrunk, 1 p.m. Silver Stallion Restaurant, 1275 Lee St. Contact: Ryan Yantis, 312-814-0778 or ryan.yantis@Illinois.gov.
Saturday, July 19
CHICAGO — The North American Bitcoin Conference. Through Sunday. McCormick Place South Building.
BLOOMINGTON — Civil War anniversary events. David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, 1000 Monroe Drive. Contact: Jeannie Riordan, 309-828-1084.
UTICA — Bowfishing Association of Illinois and Illinois Department of Natural Resources host Directors Shoot/Innerloc State Bowfishing Championships. Through Sunday. Starved Rock State Park. Contact: Chris Young, 217-557-1240 or chris.young@Illinois.gov.
CHAMPAIGN — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis hosts inaugural women's event. 8:30 a.m. iHotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. 1st St. Contact: Andrew Flach, Andrew.email@example.com.