Conference Resources

The Illinois Bicentennial: Our History, Our Future

Ann Keating (North Central College): the growth of Illinois and its economic clout during the age of industrialization and immigration

Larry Bennett (DePaul University) on the post-industrial era and the future of our state

The first four texts are reports on the Chicago region, and each addresses Chicago’s “place” within the global economy. Three of four are locally produced documents; the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is an international organization. This document is less promotional than the other three.

Sassen’s book title is deceptive. Her analysis pertains to an array of global “mega-cities.” Glaeser’s book is an optimistic appraisal of the role of cities in the world. Badger’s recent NYT article points to a downside of urban globalism. My journal article from a few years ago discusses the connection between Chicago regionalism and globalism.

  • Saskia Sassen, The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo, 3rd ed. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton U. Press, 2013).
  • Edward Glaeser, Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier (New York: Penguin Books, 2012).
  • Emily Badger, “What Happens When the Richest U.S. Cities Turn to the World?,” New York Times, 12-22-17; accessible at
  • Larry Bennett, “Community Power Applied: Chicago’s Engagement with 21st Century Globalism,” Sociological Imagination 42 (2006): 65-82.