Civilian Police Oversight: A Bridge Too Far?

Date(s) - 05/21/18
11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Maggiano's Banquets

Hosted by
City Club of Chicago

Civilian Police Oversight: A Bridge Too Far?

Kevin Graham, Hon. Harry Osterman, Hon. Roderick Sawyer, and Hon. Ariel Reboyras

City Club of Chicago

Monday, May 21, 2018
11:30 a.m. reception/12:00 p.m. luncheon


Kevin Graham

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 President Kevin Graham began his career in law enforcement in 1983 working as a Suburban Police Officer after attending the City of Chicago’s police academy for metro officers. Just a year later, he began working as a detective. Then, in 1986 he joined the Cook County.

Graham decided he wanted to work for Chicago department, so he joined the Chicago Police Department in 1995 as a patrolman in the 23rd and 19th District.

Graham quickly became interested in the Lodge issues and began helping officers with their grievances and understanding their collective bargaining agreement. He regularly attended Lodge general membership meetings, becoming an elected district representative in 2000, then a Lodge board member.

In 2012, Graham became the First Vice President of the State FOP Lodge, working out disputes and grievances among the various Lodge’s throughout the state.

In 2016, Graham assembled a slate of officers in Chicago and won the presidency, along with several other seats on the board.

Graham has earned degrees in law enforcement, public administration and a masters degree from Northwestern in public policy.  Graham, who worked his entire career as a patrolman in Chicago before being elected President, is married to a physician, who lovingly reminds him about non-law enforcement issues. A huge Beatles fan, Graham also has a daughter, who is currently living in England.

Lori Lightfoot

As a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, Lori Lightfoot specializes in commercial litigation, internal investigations and other white-collar work on behalf of individual and institutional clients. Lightfoot has extensive experience in every phase of litigation and has tried over 20 cases.

Lightfoot has been committed to public service and social justice throughout her legal career. Lightfoot has been a federal prosecutor and served in a number of leadership roles in Chicago city government. Lightfoot was appointed President of the Chicago Police Board by Mayor Emanuel in 2015 and recently reappointed for a two-year term.  As chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Police Accountability, she and her colleagues issued a frank and powerful report revealing systemic problems within the Chicago Police Department and calling for a significant overhaul of Chicago’s police accountability infrastructure and reinvestment in training and other areas.

Lightfoot is a sought-after speaker and commentator and has been quoted in a range of publications such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and frequently appeared on news programs such as the BBC, PBS Newshour, All In with Chris Hayes, National Public Radio, as well as local Chicago media.

Lightfoot received the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Award and Dominican University’s Ethics and Leadership Award in 2016, the Financial Times Top 10 Innovative Lawyers in 2016, and in 2017 was named a “Woman of Influence” by the Chicago Business Journal, received the Chicago Inn of Court Donald Hubert Public Service Award, the Chicago Federal Bar Association Walter J. Cummings Award for pro bono service, BPI’s Champion of the Public Interest Award and most recently, Crain’s Chicago Business named Lightfoot to its inaugural Most Influential Woman Lawyer in Chicago list.

Lightfoot is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan from which she received her undergraduate decree and the University of Chicago Law School.

Hon. Harry Osterman

Harry Osterman has been Alderman of the 48th Ward since May 2011. He is a progressive, independent voice committed to serving his community.

He led the fight to close the gun show loophole, renovate the Broadway Armory, increase safety for seniors and nursing home patients, expand early childhood education, improve our local schools, and secure grants for more security cameras near CTA stops and Cease Fire violence intervention.

For 11 years before being elected as Alderman, Harry was the State Representative for the 14th District, serving the Andersonville, Edgewater, and Rogers Park neighborhoods.  As a State Representative, Harry tirelessly fought for legislation to improve the quality of life in his district.

Harry was born in Chicago and grew up in Edgewater.  A lifelong resident of the 48th Ward, he and his wife, Peggy, are committed to raising their three children in this diverse neighborhood.