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Former Chicago mayor cancels Calvin College speech

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has had to cancel his appearance at the Calvin College January Lecture Series Wednesday.

Calvin College made the announcement Monday morning. Replacing Daley in the annual speaker series will be Josh Linker, a founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners.

According to Calvin College, Linkner is a New York Times bestselling author who has been named "Detroit Executive of the Year, the region's "CEO of the Year" and "Michiganian of the Year," and is a driving force in Detroit's comeback. Linkner is helping to rebuild his hometown of Detroit by backing passionate entrepreneurs who can make an impact through their own innovative ideas. His talk on Wednesday, aims to energize audiences with the power of possibility.

It's also a cautionary tale of how Detroit, once a birthplace of innovation and a vibrant city, succumbed to the evil forces of protectionism, blame and bureaucracy.

Daley, Chicago's longest serving mayor, decided to pull out of the series citing health concerns. This would have been Daley's first public speaking engagement since he suffered a stroke a year ago.

For more on the January Series, click here: www.calvin.edu/january-series.