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Former U.S. House
majority leader to speak Oct. 24
Reutter, Business Editor
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Dick Armey, a former majority leader of the
U.S. House of Representatives, will give a first-hand account of how
bills become law at the Piper Rudnick-Vacketta Lecture on Government
and the Law at 3 p.m. Oct. 24 (Friday) at the University of Illinois College of Law, 504 E. Pennsylvania
Armey will draw upon his 18 years in the House in his speech, “The
Instrumental Value of Sloppy Work in Making Legislation.” First
elected to Congress in 1984 from the 26th district of north Texas, Armey
has been a champion of free markets and was one of the first members
of Congress to question the funding of “offensive projects”
by the National Endowment of the Arts.
He wrote, with Newt Gingrich, the House Republicans’ “Contract
With America” in 1994, which promised tax reduction, welfare reform
and a balanced budget if Republican candidates were elected. The contract
was instrumental in the GOP picking up 53 seats in the House that year,
resulting in the majority the party has held ever since.
Armey, who was an economics professor at the University of North Texas
before entering politics, has been an advocate of the flat tax and other
tax-relief measures and led efforts to make the International Monetary
Fund more transparent and accountable.
The Piper Rudnick-Vacketta Lecture was endowed by Piper Rudnick, a large
law firm, in honor of Carl Vacketta, a graduate of the U. of I. College
The lecture, to be held in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium with overflow
seating in Classroom D and the Courtroom, is free and open to the public.