Park Forest, Schools

Prairie State College’s Economic Forecast Breakfast Features Senior Economist at Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

William A. Strauss
William A. Strauss
Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Source:


By: Andrea Small

William A. Strauss, senior economist and economic advisor in the Economic Research Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will be the featured speaker at the Prairie State College (PSC) Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast, scheduled on April 20, 2018.

In addition to providing a prominent expert’s analysis of the economy to the south suburban business community, the annual Economic Forecast Breakfast also raises scholarship money for PSC students.

The event will be held at Olympia Fields Country Club, located at 2800 Country Club Dr. in Olympia Fields. The morning begins with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast, followed by the speaker presentation at 8:15 a.m. A question and answer session follows.

Individual tickets to the event are $25. Sponsorships for the event also are available. A $1,500 Scholarship Sponsorship includes a 7 a.m. VIP reception with PSC President Dr. Terri L. Winfree, reserved seating for 10, breakfast and recognition in the program and event signage. A $300 Table Sponsorship will reserve a table for 10, and includes breakfast and recognition in the program and event signage. A $75 Friend Sponsorship will reserve two seats, and includes breakfast and recognition in the program and event signage. To register or for more details, visit or call the PSC Foundation Office at 708-709-3631.

Strauss joined the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 1982. His chief responsibilities include analyzing the current performance of both the Midwest economy and the manufacturing sector for use in monetary policy. He organizes the Bank’s Economic Outlook Symposium and Automotive Outlook Symposium. In addition, he conducts industrial and manufacturing roundtables throughout the year.

Strauss earned a B.A. in economics and geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an M.A. in economics from Northwestern University.  He is a Certified Business Economist™, the certification in business economics and data analytics developed by the National Association for Business Economics. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago and Webster University in Chicago.  He currently teaches at DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, and at the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

The PSC Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to excellence in education by promoting PSC and enhancing opportunities for students. Dedicated to helping deserving PSC students seeking job skills through academic achievement, PSC Foundation scholarships encourage the process of lifelong learning. 501(c) 3 not-for-profit status assures tax deductibility for donors. For more information, contact the PSC Foundation office at 708-709-3631.