Bloomington’s historic mayor is next guest in ‘Meet the Mayor’ virtual series


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September 28, 2021

Bloomington’s historic mayor is next guest in ‘Meet the Mayor’ virtual series

CARBONDALE, Illinois – Mboka Mwilambwe, Mayor of Bloomington, Illinois, is the next guest in the “Meet the Mayor” series hosted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Mwilambwe will join Institute Director John Shaw at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 1 for a virtual conversation hosted by the Zoom webinar.

Mwilambwe and Shaw will discuss how the central Illinois community is resisting the COVID-19 pandemic, Mwilambwe’s historic career in local politics, and the mayor’s trip from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the US Midwest.

Mwilambwe served on Bloomington City Council for 10 years and became the city’s first black mayor following his election in April 2021. Mwilambwe is originally from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and lived as a child in Côte d ‘ Ivoire, in Senegal and in the Republic of Congo. . He came to the United States after graduating from high school, then moved to Bloomington in 1990 to study at Illinois State University, where he now works as an assistant director in the Office of Equal Access and chances. He is fluent in several languages ​​including French, Swahili and Lingala.

“Mayor Mwilambwe is a pioneering leader with a remarkably interesting and fascinating life story and a passionate commitment to public service. Shaw said. “His celebration of diversity and inclusion is inspiring, as is his intense focus on the fundamentals of good governance. “

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to access the Zoom webinar. Visit to register. Participants are encouraged to submit questions for Mwilambwe with their registration or by email to [email protected]

The institute’s “Meet the Mayor” virtual conversation series invites community leaders in Illinois to talk about their careers in public service as well as the challenges their cities face during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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