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Gabrielle Healy is a PolitiFact intern for spring 2017 and a student at Kenyon College.
Gage Dailey is a native of Charleston, Illinois and is currently pursuing his Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations at Eastern Illinois University. He is also a Content Creator for the website Odyssey.
Geoff Smith is the Executive Director of the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS) at DePaul University. IHS provides data and analysis to inform housing policy and practice in the Chicago region. Mr. Smith has more than a dozen years of experience producing research on the dynamics of neighborhood housing markets.
Bruce Rauner is the 42nd governor of Illinois.
State Rep. Grant Wehrli, R-Naperville, represents the 41st Illinois House District.
Greg Baise is president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers Association.
Greg Bishop is a Radio Reporter for the Illinois News Network. With years of award winning broadcast experience in the Springfield market, he now reports on Illinois government and other statewide issues. Bishop is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Springfield. He also hosts "Bishop On Air," a weekday current events talk show on News/Talk 970 WMAY in Springfield.
State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, represents the state's 13th House District. He is chair of the Appropriations-Human Services Committee.
Greg Richmond is president and CEO of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers.
Heather Ritter is a lifelong Illinoisan, hailing from Chicago's northwest side. She now lives in Elk Grove Village with her family, which includes two fantastic kids, one of whom has special needs. She also works as a full-time human resources professional.
Hilary Gowins is the managing editor for the Illinois Policy Institute. In this role, she works on all of the Institute’s writing, with a focus on clearly and accurately conveying the think tank’s free market principles.
Attorney Howard A. Learner is the founder, President and Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. Learner is responsible for ELPC’s overall strategic leadership, policy direction and financial platform. Before founding ELPC more than 20 years ago, he was the General Counsel of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, a public interest law center, specializing in complex civil litigation and policy development.
The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition is co-chaired by Exelon Chairman Emeritus John Rowe, Crate and Barrel Co-Founder Carole Segal, former Corn Products International CEO Sam Scott, former Illinois Chamber of Commerce CEO Doug Whitley, Resurrection Project CEO Raul Raymundo, American Council of Engineering Companies of IL Executive Director Dave Bender and National Partnership for New Americans Executive Director Joshua Hoyt. The group's steering committee members leverage their position as business and civic leaders to promote the message that comprehensive federal immigration reform is the right path forward for the Illinois economy and Illinois communities.
The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform is one of Illinois’ leading non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organizations working to reform Illinois campaign finance law, government ethics, judicial selection, and voter education. WeThe Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR) was founded in 1997 by former US Senator Paul Simon (D-IL) and then-Lt. Gov. Bob Kustra (R-IL), and became an independent nonprofit in 2003. ICPR also operates Illinois Sunshine, an online database of political contributions.
Illinois News Network is a non-profit reporting service that shines a light on public policies that affect the residents of Illinois. INN strives to be the go-to source for individuals and newsrooms looking to expand their knowledge of issues relating to economic policy and government activities in Illinois.
The Illinois Poison Center is a nonprofit health service that provides the people of Illinois with comprehensive and trusted information and treatment advice on potentially harmful substances via a free, confidential 24-hour helpline staffed by specially trained physicians, nurses and pharmacists.
Innovation Illinois is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing well-researched, progressive policies in the State of Illinois.
J. Thomas Johnson was director of the Illinois Department of Revenue and is President Emeritus of the Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois. He is the co-author of Fixing Illinois: Politics and Policy in the Prairie State.
Illinois State Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, represents Illinois' 63rd House District and has served in the Illinois House of Representatives since January 1999. In the 2014 legislative session, he was the only Democrat who signed a pledge to vote against a proposal to allow a progressive income tax system in Illinois.
State Rep. Jack Franks is a Woodstock Democrat from the 63rd District. State Rep. Mark Batinick is a Plainfield Republican from the 97th District.
Jackson Adams is a reporter with the Illinois News Network. He joined INN after starting his career in journalism with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. Originally from northern Idaho, he worked as a teacher, ski instructor and travel blogger before discovering his passion for investigative journalism. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University in England.
Jacob Huebert is senior attorney at the Liberty Justice Center, the Illinois Policy Institute’s free-market public-interest litigation center.
Jacob litigates cases to protect economic liberty, the First Amendment, and other constitutional rights in federal and state courts in Illinois. In the area of economic liberty, Jacob led LJC’s successful challenge to Bloomington, Illinois’ vehicle-for-hire ordinance, which had prevented new competitors from starting vehicle-for-hire businesses. He is also fighting for food truck owners’ rights in Beavers Donuts v. City of Evanston.
In his First Amendment practice, Jacob and LJC are challenging Illinois’ campaign finance law, which restricts campaign contributions for all but a privileged few in Illinois. Jacob is the author of a book, Libertarianism Today, and his writing has been published widely in scholarly, professional and popular publications. Jacob is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and the State of Ohio, as well as the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and several other federal courts.
Jacob Wittich is a writer with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Jacob Wittich and Stefano Esposito are writers with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Jaime di Paulo is executive director of the Little Village Chamber of Commerce in Chicago.
Jake Leahy, the National Outreach Director of American Youth in Politics, is a frequent contributor on the IRS Radio Hour on 560 the Answer in Chicago. He is an Ambassador for Turning Point USA and a student at Deerfield High School. You can follow him on Twitter @jaleahy10.
Jake Lewis is campaign director at Illinois Working Together, which describes itself as "a coalition defending all working families from anti-worker attacks."
James Muhammad is the vice president of the Service Employees International Union for Illinois.
James Nowlan is a jack of all trades in American politics and government, with a specialization in Illinois government. He is a former senior fellow at the Institute of Government & Public Affairs - University of Illinois. He served two terms in the Illinois House of Representatives and worked under three governors. He is the co-author of Fixing Illinois: Politics and Policy in the Prairie State and Illinois Politics: A Citizen’s Guide.
James R. Thompson was governor of Illinois from 1977 to 1991.
Jamey Dunn is Statehouse bureau chief for Illinois Issues magazine. She is responsible for Statehouse coverage, maintaining the Illinois Issues blog and writing features and other items for the magazine. Jamey holds a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield and a bachelor's in speech communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Jamey Dunn is Statehouse bureau chief for Illinois Issues magazine. Maureen McKinney is managing editor of Illinois Issues.
Jay Correia is CEO of DreamCo Design and author of the book Daily Fantasy Sports.
Jay Costa is the executive director of CounterPAC, a nonpartisan organization working to create incentives for candidates to run more accountable campaigns.
Greg Baise is the president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. Jay Timmons is president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, was elected to represent Illinois' 42nd House district in 2012. A 1987 graduate of West Point Academy, Ives previously served on the Wheaton City Council.
Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, represents Illinois' 42nd House District. Warren Dixon is Naperville township assessor.
Dr. Jeffrey Bennett, M.D., is president of the Illinois Psychiatric Society.
Jeffrey Brown and Avijit Ghosh are professors at the College of Business, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The opinions expressed reflect their personal views and are not necessarily those of their institution.
Jeffrey Schwab is a staff attorney with the Liberty Justice Center, the legal arm of the Illinois Policy Institute, where he litigates cases to protect the rights to free speech, economic liberty, private property and other constitutional rights in both federal and state courts in Illinois.
Prior to joining the Liberty Justice Center in September 2014, Jeffrey practiced law at a small firm in downtown Chicago, where he had a broad practice that included real estate and zoning, contract disputes, small business litigation, consumer litigation, and bankruptcy. Additionally, Jeffrey has brought cases pursuant to the First Amendment’s Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses and under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).
Jeffrey received his B.S. in Business Management from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Illinois.
Jeremy Wechsler is artistic director of Theater Wit in Chicago.
Jerry Roper is president & CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.
Jessica Handy is legislative director of Stand for Children Illinois.
Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is a Cook County Comissioner representing the 7th District and a former Chicago mayoral candidate.
Cook County Commissioner Jesus G. “Chuy” Garcia represents the 7th District. Chicago Alderman Roderick T. Sawyer represents the city's 9th District. Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri represents the 9th District.
Jill Manzo is a Researcher at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI). She is a lifelong Illinois resident and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies from Iowa State University.
Jim Conca is a PhD geologist, researcher, author and blogger for Forbes.com who writes extensively on energy issues and sustainability.
Illinois Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, became Illinois House Republican Leader in August 2013. He first was elected to the Illinois House in 1995 and served until his unsuccessful challenge to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in 2002. In 2006, he was appointed to fill a House vacancy and has represented the west-suburban 82nd District since then.
Jim Edgar was governor of Illinois from 1991 to 1999.
James M. Houlihan is the former Cook County Assessor.
Jim Loveland is president of Maze Nails in Peru, Ill.
James Nowlan served two terms in the Illinois House of Representatives and worked under three governors. He is the coauthor of Illinois Politics: A Citizen's Guide. J. Thomas Johnson was director of the Illinois Department of Revenue and is President Emeritus of the Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois. They are co-authors of Fixing Illinois: Politics and Policy in the Prairie State.
Jim O’Donnell is a Northwest suburban businessman and former Republican candidate for Illinois Senate.
Joe Kaiser is the assistant editor for the Illinois Policy Institute. Prior to joining the institute, he was a TV production intern for Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze” in Dallas, Texas and an intern for syndicated Milwaukee talk radio host Charlie Sykes and his website “Right Wisconsin.” He also interned with political solutions company Cor Strategies and has worked in communications on several state, local, federal and grassroots campaigns. Follow him on Twitter at @Joe_P_Kaiser.
John Alan Boryk is Illinois coordinator of the national group Stop Predatory Gambling.
John Bouman is president of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and chair of the Responsible Budget Coalition Executive Committee.
John Cole is a former Illinois resident now living in Nevada.
Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, is president of the Illinois Senate.
John D. Cooney is president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is a partner at Cooney & Conway (CooneyConway.com) in Chicago.
John Giokaris is political director of Chicago Young Republicans.
John Laprise, Ph.D. began studying global Internet policy and governance with his work on cyber warfare doctrine in 1993. Since then, Dr. Laprise has taught and written work in many areas of cyber strategy including intellectual property, privacy, surveillance, and access to governments, businesses, and NGOs around the world.
John Lewis is President of J. Lewis & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in economic development and health policy. J. Lewis & Associates is currently working with the Rockford Metropolitan Agency for Planning on the HUD funded Sustainability Project for Winnebago and Boone County, Illinois. John has been involved in university engagement activities for over 25 years, first in training educators to teach economics and as director of the Center for Economic Education at Ball State University. Following this, he became Executive Director of the Illinois Council for Economic Education housed at. Northern Illinois University. In his former role as Associate Vice President Administration and Outreach, he had overall management responsibility for all regional economic development, new initiatives in NIU Outreach and was actively involved in the university’s new initiative in neutron and proton cancer treatment therapy.
Ever since his breakthrough book, Just One Thing: Twelve of the World's Best Investors Reveal the One Strategy You Can't Overlook (Wiley, 2006), best-selling author, analyst, and financial writer John Mauldin has been helping individual investors and institutions develop a clearer understanding of the forces driving the global economy and investment markets.
John Tillman is CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-market think tank focused on financial and regulatory issues in Illinois government. In 2011, he won the prestigious Roe Award for his leadership, innovation and accomplishments in the world of public policy. This annual award pays tribute to those in the state public policy movement whose achievements have greatly advanced the free market philosophy. He is regularly featured in the media, and has appeared on FOX News Channel, FOX Business, the BBC and NPR, as well as in The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times and other news outlets.
John W. Kindt is professor emeritus of business administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was on the faculty from 1978 to 2009. He is a leading expert on gambling and public policy and most recently the author of "The Gambling Threat to National and Homeland Security: Internet Gambling," published by William S. Hein and Company, Inc.
Jon Boeckenstedt is Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management for Policy and Planning at DePaul University in Chicago. He blogs at jonboeckenstedt.wordpress.com.
Jon Seidel is a staff reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times. Follow him on Twitter at @SeidelContent.
Jonathan Ingram is Director of Pension Reform at the Illinois Policy Institute, a free market think tank.
Joni Beth Bailey has practiced law in Jackson County since 1984 after attending the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. In her words: "I try to live the values I grew up with on a dry land south-central Illinois grain farm through the 1970's and 80's: work hard, work smart, be honest, take care of your family, be active in your church community, treat your employees and customers (clients) well, give to those less fortunate, and never give up hope."
Jordan Owen a reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Joseph Cariz is a PolitiFact intern and a graduate of the University of Chicago.
Josh Anderson is executive director of Teach for America. Brandon Bodor is executive director of Serve Illinois.
Josh Ellis directs the Metropolitan Planning Council's sustainability initiatives, most notably in the fields of Stormwater Mitigation and Water Supply Management. Through on-the-ground initiatives like the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor, technical assistance to the Northwest Water Planning Alliance, and facilitation of diverse stakeholder groups—such as the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative—he leads MPC's multiple strategies to sustainably manage Illinois' finite water resources and reduce the harmful impacts of stormwater.
He leads many of MPC's research projects, including Immeasurable Loss: Modernizing Lake Michigan Water Use, Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago's New Route to Opportunity, and Before the Wells Run Dry. He also coordinates MPC's research assistant program, of which he himself is an alumnus.
Josh is a member of the Midwest Leadership Council of the National Parks Conservation Association, the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council, and the advisory committee exploring the future of the Chicago Area Waterway System. He is President of the Board atPODER, which serves adult immigrants with a mission to provide the necessary academic tools to promote human dignity, increase employment potential, and facilitate participation in the larger community.
A New Hampshire native, Josh resides in Chicago’s South Loop where he is a Board member of the Greater South Loop Association. He managed a small school in Japan before his graduate studies in public policy and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. His honors thesis, published in Water, Environmental Security and Sustainable Rural Development: Conflict and Cooperation in Central Eurasia, compared the political discourse of marsh restoration in southeastern Iraq with the environmental history of the region.
Joshua Dwyer is director of education policy at the Illinois Policy Institute.
Joshua Gillin is a staff writer for PolitiFact Florida and the Tampa Bay Times. He previously was a reporter, editor and blogger for tbt*, the daily tabloid edition of the Times, and has written about media news for The Poynter Institute. A Nebraska native, he has a degree in journalism from his home state university and is a diehard Cornhusker. He has worked in many writing and editing capacities in news, sports and features at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Joshua Kilroy is a Democratic political consultant based in Chicago. He most recently worked for Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on his campaign for Mayor of Chicago. He has worked for many politicians over the years including State Representative Robyn Gabel, Alderman John Arena, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, and former Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool.
Judith Crown is a business journalist, who has worked for major news outlets including BusinessWeek Chicago and Crain’s Chicago Business. She has covered public finance stories for the BGA and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Judy Baar Topinka is Illinois State Comptroller.
Judy Ogalla is a member of the Will County Board. She and her family live in Monee.
Julian Reif is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. He researches health care economics and spends time on environmental policy and the effect of taxation on environmental and climate policy. He is co-leader of IGPA's Climate Change policy initiative, and also holds a position as a research economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Julie Fox is the Libertarian Party candidate for Illinois State comptroller. Her website is juliefox2014.com.
Julie Patel, an investigative reporter for the Better Government Association, exposes waste and corruption in a number of areas, including campaign finance and public health. A former reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, D.C.'s National Public Radio affiliate, the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the San Jose Mercury News, Julie has earned more than a dozen journalism awards and honors.
Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based author and freelance writer who writes about government and public policy issues for the Better Government Association and other media outlets.
Kathleen Maher Bessen lives on a family farm in Gardner, IL.
Kathleen Murphy is director of communication at Illinois Opportunity Project, an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds.
Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) is an Illinois State Representative and West Point Graduate. Kathleen Murphy is the Director of Communication for The Illinois Opportunity Project, a free-market advocacy organization. Her opinions are her own.
Kathy Ryg is a former state representative from the North and Northwest suburbs.
Tara McGovern is from Chicago Young Catholic Professionals.
This story was written and reported by the Better Government Association’s Katie Drews, who can be reached at (312) 821-9027 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Drews is a member of the Better Government Association's investigative staff. She is tasked with, among other things, investigating and exposing problems in municipal governments throughout Illinois. She is the former managing editor of a small web-based media company, through which she was regularly published in the Chicago Sun-Times. Previously, she was managing editor of a suburban weekly newspaper covering the Village of Forest Park. A native of the Chicago area, Drews earned a journalism degree from Loyola University Chicago, where she had been editor of the student newspaper.
Kay B. Day is a syndicated columnist, author, poet, talk radio correspondent who advocates causes involving the military, small businesses, at-risk youth and government reform. You can view her blog here.
Keith Krutz joined IMS Buhrke-Olson as a Tooling & Process Engineer in 1999, before promotions to Director of Tooling and Executive Vice President of Operations. He was named company President in 2010. Mr. Krutz oversees a plant in Arlington Heights, and two in Mexico, that provide precision metal-stampings and assemblies to customers in the automotive, appliance, and electronics industries. He also belongs to ReadyNation, a nonpartisan, nonprofit business-leader organization of more than 1,400 members across the country who focus on the investments in children’s learning and development that are proven to strengthen our workforce and economy.
State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, represents Illinois' 14th House District.
State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, represents the 97th Illinois House District.
State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, represents Illinois’ 14th House District.
Ken Jarosch is president of Jarosch Bakery Inc. in Elk Grove Village.
Kent D. Redfield is a professor emeritus of political studies and public affairs with a joint appointment in political studies and the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He also has an appointment in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Redfield received a B.S. from the University of Utah in 1969 and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington in 1975. In 1979 he joined the faculty at Sangamon State University, which was merged with the University of Illinois in 1995. Since 1997 Redfield has served as the director of the Sunshine Project, a campaign finance project fund by the Joyce Foundation.He retired from UIS in 2008.
Kevin P. Chavous is a board member of Educational Choice Illinois.
Kevin Hoffman and Caitlin Wilson are staff writers at Reboot Illinois.
Kim Clarke Maisch is Illinois State Director of the National Federation of Independent Business.
Kim L. Hunt is the executive director of the Pride Action Tank (PAT), a results-driven group that addresses challenges facing individuals and groups within LGBTQ communities through a collaborative process of inquiry, advocacy, and action. She is an advocate, urban design geek, and lifelong learner. PAT is a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, a member of the Responsible Budget Coalition.
Kirsten Velasco is a medical cannabis patient advocate and consultant with an in-depth knowledge of Cannabis in regard to its medical capabilities, scientific research, history and legal status. She is trained in public speaking as a member and officer of Toastmasters and is CEO of We Love Your Face, LLC.
Kristi Culpepper is executive director of the Commonwealth of Kentucky's School Facilities Construction Commission. Previously, she managed the Kentucky General Assembly's Capital Projects and Bond Oversight staff and worked for the investment bank Merrill Lynch.
Kristina Rasmussen is Executive Vice President of the Illinois Policy Institute. She is responsible for executing the Institute’s strategic plan, which centers on turning liberty principles into marketable policies that become law.
From her post in Springfield, Kristina advises Illinois’ decision-makers on policy solutions. She’s a principled advocate for economic freedom and a respected taxpayer watchdog. Kristina specializes in fiscal issues, government reform and economic competitiveness. She regularly shares her insight with audiences across Illinois and the nation.
Kristina previously served with the National Taxpayers Union, where she amplified the pro-taxpayer message by serving as Director of Government Affairs. In addition to her extensive tax and budget advocacy, Kristina worked on transportation and state transparency issues. She also worked on behalf of free enterprise at the National Federation of Independent Business.
Kristina completed her master’s degree in political management at George Washington University, where she was named a Bryce Harlow Foundation Scholar. Kristina graduated summa cum laude from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with a B.A. in political science.
Kurt W. Florian Jr. is president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation Greater Chicago.
After more than a decade working in nonprofit and government staff/advisory positions, Kyle Hillman is recognized as a successful small business adviser, author, social media strategist, and political consultant. He currently works as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter, as well as advises the NASW IL Political Action Committee. He currently lives in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
Lance T. Izumi, J.D. is Koret Senior Fellow and Senior Director of Education Studies at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy (PRI), California’s premier free-market public-policy think tank based in San Francisco and Sacramento.
Larry Young is a banking professional with more than 35 years experience in business and commercial real estate lending. His role is to evaluate complex financial information and determine appropriate credit risk.
Lauren Carroll is a PolitiFact staff writer based in Washington. Before PolitiFact, she held internships with the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. Linda Qiu is a PolitiFact staff writer based in Washington. She has previously written for PunditFact, National Geographic, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Lauren Carroll is a PolitiFact staff writer based in Washington. Before PolitiFact, she held internships with the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the News and Observer in Raleigh, N.C. She is a 2014 graduate of Duke University, where she majored in political science.
Lauren FitzPatrick covers education for the Chicago Sun-Times. Follow her on Twitter @bylaurenfitz.
Laurence Msall is the President of the Civic Federation. Msall joined the 118-year-old tax policy and government research organization in January of 2002. He was among the first to sound the alarm of Illinois' growing pension crisis and has authored and co-authored many reports on the condition of Illinois' finances. Before joining the Civic Federation, Msall served as Senior Advisor for Economic Development for Illinois Governor George H. Ryan. From 1984-1988, he represented the Department and Governor Jim Thompson’s office on economic development and business issues before the Illinois General Assembly, serving as DCCA’s chief legislative liaison.
Laurence S. Geller CBE is Chairman of Geller Investment Co which owns and manages a portfolio of luxury hotels that includes the Chicago Waldorf Astoria. He serves on the Executive Committees of Choose Chicago, Children’s Memorial Hospital, British American Business Consul, and the American Jewish Committee. Mr. Geller is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Churchill Centre and serves on its Executive Committee. On December 31, 2011, he was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Laurie Reynolds is Prentice H. Marshall Professor of Law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Lennie Jarratt is a conservative activist and blogger. Visit his website here.
Linda Qiu is a PolitiFact staff writer based in Washington. She has previously written for PunditFact, National Geographic, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago.
Lisa Christensen Gee is a policy analyst with the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children. Her work focuses on tax and budget issues that impact family economic security, child health, and education.
Lisa Madigan is in her fourth term as attorney general Illinois.
Liz Chaplin, who represents District 2 on the DuPage County Board, is a Downers Grove resident and former member of the DuPage Water Commission.
Liz Malm is an Economist with the Center for State Tax Policy at the Tax Foundation. Prior to moving east, she earned a B.S in Economics and B.A. in History while at the University of Wyoming, and holds an M.A. in Economics from Duke University. During her tenure at Duke, some of her research interests included applied microeconomics, mechanism design, and competitive pricing in health insurance markets.
Louis Jacobson is deputy editor of PolitiFact, the fact-checking website that is part of the Tampa Bay Times of Florida. Previously, he was deputy editor of the congressional newspaper Roll Call, the founding editor of its affiliate, CongressNow, and a staff correspondent at National Journal. Since the 2010 election cycle, Jacobson has handicapped gubernatorial, state legislative and state attorney general races, as well as the electoral college, for Governing.
Louis Kosiba is executive director of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.
Louis Raymond is the principal at The Louis Raymond Law Group, LLC. He tweets @louiscraymond.
Lynn Sweet is the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times.