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Mackenzie is an assistant writer at Truth in Accounting, an economic think tank in the West Loop of Chicago. She is originally from Texas, but has called Chicago home for the past 3 years.
Madeline is an associate at MPC. She joined the organization in 2012 as executive assistant before assuming her current role and brings a background in transportation and economic development to her work on several MPC initiatives. She helps craft and inform regional policies for transportation investments; she guides strategies to improve government efficiency in Illinois; and she conducts research on economic and land use development forGreat Rivers Chicago. Prior to joining MPC, Madeline served as the Manager of Outreach and Education for the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, organizing grass-roots support for intercity passenger rail in the Midwest.
Madeline attended Northwestern University as an undergraduate, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Social Policy and International Studies. She has a Masters of Urban Planning & Policy and a Certificate in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Madeline hails from the plains of Kansas, but loves life in the city and exploring Chicago's neighborhoods. She is a resident of Lakeview.
Madelyn Doubek Flaherty is an Orland Park resident, entrepreneur and the incoming secretary for United Southland Republican Women. Flaherty is a retired former Chicago Public Schools counselor and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Mailee Smith is the Illinois Policy Institute’s expert on labor policy.
Mandy Burrell Booth is communications director of the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago.
Marc Hertzman is the assistant professor and director of Undergraduate Studies in the History Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Marc J. Lane is a nationally recognized business and tax attorney, a Master Registered Financial Planner, a Registered Financial Counselor and a Certified Investment Specialist. He is the author of 35 books on corporate organization, management, taxation, investment, personal finance, and social enterprise. Twice a recipient of the Illinois State Bar Association's Lincoln Award, Marc teaches law at Northwestern University School of Law and has taught business in the MBA program at the University of Illinois.
He is chairman of the State of Illinois’ Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise. He also is a commissioner on the Serve Illinois Commission.
Marc Levine is a member of the Illinois State Board of Investment. He was appointed to the board in January by Gov. Bruce Rauner. He is a former investment banker in Chicago and adviser to Illinois legislative leaders.
Marco McCottry is general manager of Uber in Chicago.
Marisa Novara joined the Metropolitan Planning Council in 2011. She directs MPC's housing and community development work, and manages technical assistance and support to communities facing development challenges related to housing, transportation, environment and economic development. Her work directly assists communities to promote revitalization housing in job-rich areas, sustainable development and conservation, and interjurisdictional and corridor planning.
State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, represents the 97th Illinois House District. He is a small business owner and entrepreneur.
State Sen. Dan McConchie, a Hawthorn Woods Republican, represents the 26th District of Illinois.
State Rep. Mark Batinick, a Plainfield Republican, represents the 97th District of Illinois.
State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, represents the 97th Illinois House District. State Rep. Tom Morrison, R-Palatine, represents the 54th Illinois House District.
Mark Brown is a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Mark Denzler is vice-president and chief operating officer of the Illinois Manufacturers Association.
Mark Denzler is Vice President and COO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. Randy Nehrt is Vice President of Legislative Relations at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
Mark Evenson is a former member of the Rolling Meadows City Council. He has studied public finances and pensions since 1993 at both the state and municipal levels.
Mark Fitton is reporter with the Illinois News Network, the news arm of the Illinois Policy Institute.
He began his news career at The Vidette, the Illinois State University community's daily newspaper, and as a correspondent for The Pantagraph in Bloomington. He was then a graduate intern with the Lee Enterprises Statehouse Bureau in Springfield.
Fitton has been the Marion reporter for The Southern Illinoisan, a news writer and swing-shift editor at the Journal Star in Peoria, news editor of the Herald-News in Joliet, associate editor of The Pantagraph, night editor of The Times of Northwest Indiana and managing editor of The Southern Illinoisan in Carbonbdale.
Mark Fitton and Greg Bishop are Springfield-based reporters with Illinois News Network, the news arm of the Illinois Policy Institute.
Mark Glennon is Managing Director at Ninth Street Advisors, providing consulting services to high growth technology companies and their investors. He is the founder of WirePoints, an online news site focused on Illinois’ economy and government.
Mark Janus is a child support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. He is one of three plaintiffs in the case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which challenges the constitutionality of fair share fees collected from non-union state employees who are covered by union-negotiated collective bargaining agreements.
Mark Lazerus is the Blackhawks beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Mark Rosenfeld works as a political consultant for Paladin Political LLC, a Chicago based political consulting firm. Mark has previously worked as a consultant to various electoral campaigns and also served as the Staff Assistant to the Cook County Finance Subcommittee on Pensions.
Mark Schwendau is a college design instructor and regular contributing writer to RebootIllinois.com writing to offer some of his free thinking outside the box thoughts. He was an Illinois alderman in Plano, Illinois, for 10 years from 1979 to 1989.
Mark Batinick, of Plainfield, represents the 97th House District. Tom Morrison, of Palatine, represents the 54th House District. Both are Republicans.
Mark Turk has been the President/CEO of International Label & Printing Co. for 22 years. Inc. Based in Elk Grove Village, the firm specializes in producing multi-color, multi-substrate, pressure-sensitive labels and commercial printing and packaging products.
Martin V. Torres is a senior policy analyst at the Latino Policy Forum. Learn more about the Forum at their website.
Mary Craighead, AICP is the Transportation Policy Analyst at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. She previously served as the Victoria, TX MPO Coordinator and Senior Transportation Planner between 2012 and 2016. She holds a Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Evansville.
Mary Mitchell is a columnist and editorial board member for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Since 1996, MarySue Barrett has served as president of the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), which for 80 years has made the Chicago region a better place to live and work by partnering with businesses, communities and governments to address the area’s toughest planning and development challenges. Prior to joining MPC, Ms. Barrett served in former Mayor Richard M. Daley's first administrations, holding positions of increasing responsibility over seven years. Ms. Barrett began her municipal government work in 1989 in the Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and was promoted in 1993 to chief of policy, coordinating initiatives on public safety, economic and community development, and lifelong education. In 1995, she was recruited by Mayor Daley to serve as chief of staff to the Chicago School Reform Board of Trustees, part of a new management team charged with bringing revolutionary change to the Chicago Public Schools. Ms. Barrett counts among her top accomplishments Chicago's successful implementation of community policing and the City's successful bid to host the 1996 Democratic National Convention.
Mathew Henderson is a reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times.
East St. Louis native Matt Hawkins is head of the non-profit Civic Alliance, Hawkins is determined to turn things around for East St. Louis.
State Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican, represents the 27th District in the Northwest suburbs. He first was elected in 2007. Murphy is assigned to two appropriations committees and is the Republican spokesman of one of them.
Matthew Skopek is the Illinois Libertarian Party candidate for state treasurer. He is an accountant with the DuPage County Health Department . His website is www.matthewskopek.com.
Maudlyne Ihejirika is urban affairs reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times. Follow her on Twitter at @maudlynei.
Melissa Heil is a graduate student in the Department of Geography & GIScience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to the University of Illinois, she worked in the community development and management consulting fields.
Melissa Sanchez and Kalyn Belsha are associate editors of Catalyst Chicago magazine.
Melynda Litchfield, of St. Charles, is a nurse, recovering compulsive gambler and national victims' advocate for the Washington-based Stop Predatory Gambling.
Michael Carrigan is president of the Illinois AFL-CIO, which represents nearly 900,000 union members in Illinois.
Michael D. Belsky is the executive director of the Center for Municipal Finance at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He has worked in the municipal finance industry for more than three decades, including a long career at Fitch Ratings. He also served two terms as a member of the City Council in Highland Park, Illinois (1995–2003) and two terms as Mayor (2003–2011).
State Sen. Michael Frerichs, D-Champaign, is the Democratic candidate for Illinois State Treasurer. He has represented the 52nd Senate district since 2007.
Michael Gelatka is co-owner of G3 Gaming and president of the Illinois Gaming Machine Operators Association, representing terminal operators around the state. Michael and his brother Kevin created G3 Gaming after the Legislature approved video gaming in 2009 to continue the long-running family business Mike's Amusements into the video gaming arena.
G3 Gaming, LLC is presently a licensed Terminal Operator in Illinois’ Video Gaming industry, with many locations already online and earning.
Michael J. Madigan is Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.
Michael Johnston is the Senior Analyst and Co-Founder of Poseidon Financial, a publisher of financial analysis and research based in Chicago. Michael's investment advice has been featured in a number of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, and Forbes.
Michael Kleen is a writer, raconteur, and traveler from Rockford, Illinois with a M.A. in History and a M.S. in Education. He is the author of Haunting Illinois and Ghostlore of Illinois Colleges and Universities.
Michael Kolenc is campaign manager for Yes for Independent Maps, a non-partist, broad-based organization attempting to amend the Illinois constitution so that legislative district maps are drawn by an impartial commission, not party leaders.
Michael Lucci is Director of Jobs and Growth with the Illinois Policy Institute. His work focuses on developing and recommending innovative, market-based solutions that will lead to a more robust Illinois economy in terms of employment and economic growth.
Michael Wright is a reporter with Illinois News Network.
Mick Dumke is a staff reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock is a Chicago area investment adviser with Sitka Pacific Capital Management and senior fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute.
State Rep. Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago, represents Illinois' 49th House District. He is former mayor of West Chicago, and has headed transportation policy for the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference. He has served in the House since 2007.
Mike Hyzy is a social entrepreneur, filmmaker and baseball geek from Midlothian, Illinois. He has a bachelor's in economics from Roosevelt University. He has spent the last 5 years working on social enterprises through a non-profit and is a member of Social Enterprise Alliance, Social Policy Institute, and the Chicago FIlm Archives. Mike was a member of American Express’ “Top 50 Under 40” in 2014 for his development of Crisp! Mobile Grocery.
TFIC Co-Chairs Mike Kleinik, executive director of the Chicago Laborers District Council-LMCC, and Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
Mike Lawrence was the founding director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and served as press secretary to Gov. Jim Edgar. He is a visiting senior development associate with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois.
Rolling Meadows resident Mike Lynch served Illinois Tool Works for 27 years, most recently as its Vice President for Government Affairs. He was responsible for managing the corporation’s involvement in public policy debates affecting its operations and products around the globe. Mike retired in 2014. He is involved in the International Trade association of Greater Chicago and has formed Advanced Advocacy, LLC, a consultancy focused on helping organizations use internal resources to participate in public policy.
Mike Regan is the co-founder of Tranzact Technologies, a 30 year old Illinois-based company that helps its customers reduce their freight costs.
State Rep. Mike Zalewski, D-Riverside, represents the 23rd Illinois House District.
Mira Staykova is a research intern at the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI). She is a rising junior studying social policy at Northwestern University. Her research interests include inequality, human rights, economic development, and community-based change.
Miriam Valverde is a staff writer at PolitiFact. Follow her on Twitter at @MiriamValverde.
Mitch Dudek is a reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times. Follow him on Twitter at @mitchdudek.
Mitchell Armentrout is a breaking news reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Nadine Mallick is a mom on a mission who has been an Illinois resident for 42 years.
Nancy Hudspeth and Richard Dye are members of the Institute for Government and Politics at the University of Illinois.
Nancy Mathieson has a 30-year career in business, securities regulation and public policy. She held positions at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), where she was a Director of Market Surveillance and managed a professional staff in the investigation of securities trading violations.
She served as Operations Director at Truth in Accounting, a Chicago non-profit whose mission is to promote transparency in government financial reporting. In this role, she directed Accounting teams in grant-funded research studies on the financial condition of state and local municipalities.
Nancy was an officer of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) in Stamford, CT and has lectured at the University of Connecticut. She received her B.S. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her M.B.A. from New York University.
She is a contributing editor at Wirepoints.com.
Naomi Jakobsonn, D-Urbana, has represented the 103rd District in the Illinois House since 2003. She sponsored the first progressive income tax amendment to be introduced in the General Assembly.
Natalie Davila is an economist with an extensive background in public finance. She was Director of Research for the Illinois Department of Revenue for 10 years. Maurice Scholten joined the Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois in January 2015 as Legislative Director. Before joining TFI, he was Senior Legal Counsel for the Senate President's Office where he worked on taxes, pensions, workers' compensation and unemployment insurance.
Natalie Watts is a reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Natasha Korecki is political reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Nick Binotti describes himself as "politically independent, fiscally conservative, socially liberal, just another nobody nobody sent." He blogs randomly at Citizen Vs Machine. He lives in Oak Park.
Nick Magrisso is the Midwest states legislative director at the National Resource Defense Council.
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The Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) at Northern Illinois University provides expertise that helps decision-makers implement efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches to economic, social, and information management issues.
Parley Ann Boswell is a 30-year English professor at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. She also is the author of "Pregnancy in Literature and Film" by McFarland Press.
Pat Dal Santo is president of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools and Kane County Regional Superintendent of Schools.
Pat Quinn was governor of Illinois from 2009 to 2015. He was lieutenant governor from 2003 to 2009 and state treasurer from 1991 to 1995.
Patrick Hughes is a co-founder of the Illinois Opportunity Project and serves as President of the Liberty Justice Center. In 2010, Pat ran for United States Senate, finishing second to Senator Mark Kirk in the Republican Primary for the seat vacated by President Barack Obama. Pat is a regularly featured in local and national media including Fox Chicago, AM 560′s Illinois Rising, and In the Loop. He has also appeared on the Sean Hannity Show, the Mark Levin Show, the Laura Ingram Show, and Beyond the Beltway. Pat is an attorney, real estate developer and homebuilder with interests in various development entities. He lives in Hinsdale with his wife, Susan, and their three children.
Patrick McCraney is an investigator with the Better Government Association.
Patti Vasquez is a special needs mom, comic, WGN radio show host and is featured on a new reality series "My Life is a Joke" on the OWN network.
Paul Gaynor is co-founder of G&R Public Law and Strategies. He is legal counsel to Midwest Gaming & Entertainment, which owns Rivers Casino in Des Plaines.
Paul Green is Director of the Institute for Politics and Arthur Rubloff Professor of Policy Studies at Roosevelt University. He is also the Political Analyst for WGN Radio, guest columnist for Crain’s Chicago Business, and the author of several books and articles on Illinois and Chicago politics. His latest publications, co-authored with Mel Holli, are titled World War II Chicago and The Mayors: The Chicago Political Tradition, 3rd edition. Green analyzed how each Republican gubernatorial candidate could possibly win the March primary.
Paul Kersey is director of labor policy for the Illinois Policy Institute.
The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University does opinion research on issues important to Illinois, often with a special focus on southern Illinois. It was founded by and bears the name of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, who represented districts in southern Illinois in both the Illinois General Assembly and the U.S. House before his election to the U.S. Senate, where he served from 1985 to 1997.
Paul Vallas is Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate in the 2014 election. He served as CEO of Chicago Public Schools from 1995 to 2001. He also led school districts in Bridgeport, Conn., and Philadelphia and was superintendent of the Recovery School District of Louisiana.
Perry J. Browder is president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is the head of the Asbestos Group at Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC. He has worked for more than 20 years helping numerous families resolve hundreds of million dollar-plus cases.
Pete Giangreco is a partner in The Strategy Group's Chicago office and a board member of iVote, a national organization that lobbies for automatic voter registration.
Pete Mulvaney leads the sustainable water resource strategies in the Chicago offices of Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), where he designs solutions for a healthy and sustainable world. He spent five years as the Director of Sustainability for the Chicago Department of Water Management and helped start Greenleaf Advisors, a sustainability transaction and advisory firm.
Peter Creticos is president and executive director of the Institute for Work and the Economy. He does not like politicians claiming they will “run government like a business,” and he explains why in this blog post.
Peter joined MPC as urban development director in 1996. For the past 18 years, he has played a lead role in expanding MPC’s capacity to produce quality research, develop sound policies, and advocate for sensible development in Chicagoland. He was promoted to Vice President of External Relations in 1999, Vice President in 2009, and Executive Vice President in 2013.
Prior to joining MPC, from 1994 to 1996, Peter worked for the Chicago Park District as area manager on the southeast side. He also founded and served on the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs Alumni Association from 1997 to 2003. Peter has received several awards and honors, including the 2005 City Partner Award for outstanding contribution to UIC and the Chicago metropolitan area; and the 2007 Lou Liay Spirit Award for Extraordinary Alumni Service from the University of Illinois.
Phil Ciciora covers business, labor and law for the Illinois News Bureau at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked as a communications specialist in the information technology department on campus prior to joining the News Bureau in September 2008. He earned a master’s degree in journalism at Illinois in 2004.
Phil Gonet is president of the Illinois Coal Association.
Phil King runs the Yliberty blog at www.ylibertynews.com. He is an avid reader and believer in free markets and individual liberty with management experience in both government and on political campaigns. In his words: "I am a critic of politicians on both sides of the aisle, many of whom are badly failing the American people."
Phyllis Mandler is board president of RunClean.org. Carla Jankowski taught high school English and journalism in Cicero for 20 years and has lived in Oak Park for 30 years.
RunClean.org provides a new model that allows candidates to run for office with dramatically less money than in the current environment.
Using well-organized, unbiased RunClean.org materials, voters can compare candidates’ self-provided qualifications and positions. In addition, voters can meet and assess the RunClean.org candidates through events organized with community partners.
"RunClean.org does not endorse or oppose any candidates. We simply provide information and opportunities to meet candidates," Mandler says. "We are able to provide this service through the generous donations of citizens who are concerned about the influence of big money on the democratic process."
PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact is run by editors and reporters from the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper in Florida, as is PunditFact, a site devoted to fact-checking pundits. The PolitiFact state sites are run by news organizations that have partnered with the Times. The state sites and PunditFact follow the same principles as the national site.
This column -- a new regular feature called The Public Eye, appearing on the Chicago Sun-Times' political portal Early & Often -- was written and reported by the Better Government Association's Robert Herguth, Patrick Rehkamp and Brett Chase. They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 821-9030.
Ralph Martire is executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.
Ray Keating is the Chief Economist with the Small Business and Entrepreneurial Council, a national advocacy group for small business and entrepreneurship.
Ray Salazar runs the White Rhino blog at Chicago Now.
The Responsible Budget Coalition (RBC) is a nonpartisan, large and diverse coalition of more than 250 organizations concerned about state budget and tax issues. It includes organizations that serve children, families, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities; education groups concerned about early learning, K-12 and higher education; labor unions; faith-based and civic organizations; immigrant and refugee families; and many others.
Retale is part of Bonial.com Group, the leading international network for location-based mobile advertising. Since its launch in Germany in 2008, the group has expanded to include 11 markets worldwide. Every month, 22 million savvy shoppers turn to Bonial’s mobile apps and websites to save time and money.
Rich Miller is the editor of the Capitol Fax blog and newsletter, which he has been publishing for more than twenty years. His email is email@example.com. Read Miller’s thoughts on why Bruce Rauner could be a “nightmare” for Illinois Democrats. He offers his analysis of Rauner’s connection to prominent Democrats. You can find Reboot on Facebook at and on Twitter @rebootillinois.
Rich Ruebe is CEO of Illinois River Energy, which has a plant in Rochelle and is headquartered in Itasca.
Richard Bangs is a well-seasoned explorer, author, producer and entrepreneur. Richard has published more than 1,000 magazine articles, 19 books, documentaries and more. To learn more about Richard and his travels, click here.
Richard F. Dye is an expert on state and local government finance as it relates to economic development. He is co-director of the Fiscal Futures Project at the Institute for Government and Public Affairs..
Richard W. Ingram is the Executive Director of the Illinois Teachers' Retirement System.
Richard Lorenc is director of communications for Truth in Accounting.
Richard Porter is a Donald Trump supporter from suburban Chicago.
Richard J. Winkel directs the Institute for Government and Public Affairs' Office of Public Leadership and is an adjunct professor of law. He is an expert in state politics and in public school financing.
Rick Mattoon is a senior economist and economic advisor in the economic research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mattoon's primary research focuses on issues that face the Midwest regional economy. Mattoon began his career at the Chicago Fed in 1990. In 1997, he left the bank to serve as a policy advisor for economic development, energy and telecommunications to the Governor of Washington. He later served as director of policy and legislation for the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. He returned to the bank in 2001.
Rob Karr is the President/CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA). IRMA represents 23,000 stores across the state of Illinois.
Robert Herguth is an investigator with the Better Government Association.
Robert Novy-Marx is an assistant professor of finance at the University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business. Joshua D. Rauh is a professor of finance at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. This column originally appeared in The Providence Journal.
Robert Puentes is a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program where he also directs the program's Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative. The Initiative was established to address the pressing transportation and infrastructure challenges facing cities and suburbs in the United States and abroad.
The Rockford Register Star is the daily newspaper in Rockford.
State Rep. Ron Sandack, R-Downers Grove, represents the 81st House District. Visit his website here.
Rosalind Rossi is transportation reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. Follow her on Twitter at @rosalindrossi.
Rose E. Joshua is president of the NAACP Chicago Southside Branch.
Rummana Hussain is a reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Sam Charles is a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Sam Toia is the President and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association, a non-profit trade association representing the industry that is the state’s largest private sector employer, with over 400,000 employees and $18 billion in annual sales. In addition, he serves as trustee of the association’s charitable arm, which awards dozens of scholarships annually to area high school students seeking further education in the field. A long-time restaurateur, Sam is a member and former chairman of the board of the IRA. Sam was elected president in July of this year. He is a graduate of DePaul University and is a specialist in community and government relations.
Samina Hadi-Tabassum is an Associate Professor of Education at Dominican University.
Sarah Karp is deputy editor of Catalyst Chicago, an independent newsmagazine created in 1990 to document, analyze and support school-improvement efforts in the Chicago Public Schools.
Scott Drenkard works in the Tax Foundation's Center for State Tax Policy, where his research covers issues as diverse as the effect of progressive income taxes on revenue volatility to the effect of sin taxes on obesity and nutrition outcomes. He is an author of the annual State Business Tax Climate Index and the editor of the popular handbook, Facts & Figures: How Does Your State Compare?
Rep. Scott R. Drury is a Democrat representing Illinois’ 58th District which includes all or portions of Bannockburn, Deerfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Knollwood, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, North Chicago and Riverwoods. He was took office in 2013.
Scott Reeder is a veteran statehouse journalist, who has covered government for almost 30 years. He works as a freelance reporter in the Springfield area. Reach him at ScottReeder1965@gmail.com.
Scott Stantis is the editorial cartoonist of the Chicago Tribune. His work is syndicated in more than 125 newspapers and other publications. Arriving in Chicago as the Rod Blagojevich scandal developed, Stantis has drawn extensively about corruption and other issues related to Illinois state government and Chicago and Cook County government. A collection of his best Illinois cartoons from 2013 is here. We’ve also gathered his cartoons on the 2014 election in this collection.
Sean M. Morrison is a Cook County commissioner who represents the 17th District.
Sean Nelson is a staff writer with PolitiFact Missouri.
Sen. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston, and Sen. Michael Frerichs, D-Champaign, are co-sponsors of Senate Bill 2758, Secure Choice Savings Program legislation. Frerichs also is a candidate for state treasurer.
Sharon Hansen is the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2014 election. She faces incumbent Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Jim Oberweis.
Shawn E. Jeffers leads Little City in creating programs and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He joined Little City, based in Chicago's Northwest suburbs, in 2003.
Sheila Weinberg is executive director of Truth in Accounting, a government budget and finance watchdog group.
Stefano Esposito is a staff reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times. Follow him on Twitter at @slesposito.
Stefano Esposito is a Chicago Sun-Times general assignment reporter. You can follow him on Twitter: @slesposito.
Ashlee Rezin is a breaking news reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. You can follow her on Twitter: @Ashlee_Rezin.
Stefano Esposito and Rosalind Rossi are reporters with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Stefano Esposito, Frank Main, and Fran Spielman are reporters with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Stephanie Esposito is a current student at Harold Washington College. She originally hails from Merida in the Yucatan region of Mexico, and has lived in Chicago for the past three years. She is an active member of the Global Students Club and hopes to study film.
Steve Chirico was elected Mayor of the City of Naperville in 2015 and is its first new mayor in 20 years.
He has lived in Naperville for more than half a century and has been active in the community for many years.
Steve Contorno is a staff writer for PolitiFact. He previously covered Congress and Virginia politics for the Washington Examiner as well as state and local governments in Wisconsin for the Green Bay Press-Gazette. A native of the Chicago suburbs, Steve graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in news-editorial journalism and a minor in political science, and holds a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield, where he covered the Illinois legislature for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Stuart McKneight is a retired engineer who lives in Pekin. He enjoys, travel, photography and volunteering and supporting local educational and religious organizations. He participated in gathering petition signatures for the Yes! For Independent Maps campaign and believes representatives at all levels of government need to hear more from the voters/taxpayers.
Sue A. Connaughton is an registered nurse and stay-at-home mom from Winnetka. She holds advanced degrees in nursing and psychology.
Sylvia Puente is Executive Director of the Latino Policy Forum, the only public policy and advocacy organization in the Chicago metropolitan area working to improve educational outcomes for children, make housing accessible and affordable, promote just immigration reform, and build the influence and leadership of the Latino community. She is the convener of the Illinois Latino Agenda, where her collaboration and consensus-building skills are highly valued. Through the Latino Policy Forum, she works with more than 100 organizational leaders in the Chicago metropolitan region. She has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S.” by Hispanic Business magazine.
Sylvia Puente is executive director of the Latino Policy Forum. Martin Torres is senior policy analyst at the Latino Policy Forum. Visit the group's website at www.latinopolicyforum.org.