UPDATED 03/03/11 1:27 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Richard M. Daley plans to go on the speaking circuit after he leaves office in May, but he’s already getting a head start on Thursday.

Daley will speak at 3:55 p.m. at Wheaton College. He will speak at the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government and Public Policy, and former House Speaker Hastert himself will be on hand.

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Wheaton College is a religious institution in the heart of traditionally Republican-dominated DuPage County.

Still, the mayor is a big draw in the suburbs. As the creator of the Metropolitan Mayors’ Caucus, Daley has aligned himself with other mayors throughout the region, and they have cooperated on many issues ranging from transportation and development to gun control.

At the Wheaton College event, Daley will be reflecting on his career in public service and will be honored for it as well.

He is not getting paid for the event, the school said.

The mayor also plans to visit some other colleges in the coming weeks.

Daley said last month that he has retained the Harry Walker Agency to book many more speaking engagements after he leaves office. The agency arranges paid speeches for a roster of politicians and celebrities, including former President Bill Clinton, cyclist Lance Armstrong, rock star Bono and astronaut John Glenn.

Daley said he expects to talk about leadership, decision-making and government and plans to speak in both the U.S. and internationally.

The mayor said he always planned to make public speaking part of his plans for when he leaves office in May. Daley said last month that he was not sure how much he’ll be paid for his speeches, but spokeswoman Jacquelyn Heard said other Harry Walker clients get up to $50,000 per speech.

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