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We feature guest views from across the political spectrum and around the state. From statewide officeholders to local officials, from farmers to lobbyists to teachers and union members, Reboot Illinois welcomes and encourages civil and hearty sharing of opinions about the state’s most pressing challenges as well as its achievements. Check out our guest writers below.
Tara García Mathewson is a multimedia freelance journalist. She previously covered Illinois' second-largest school district, Elgin Area Unit District 46. She last wrote for Reboot Illinois about the GOP governor candidates' appearance at a Rosement economic forum.
Tasha Green Cruzat, President of Voices for Illinois, is an accomplished leader with more than twenty-five years of experience in the public and private sectors of business, education and government.
The Tax Foundation is a non-partisan research think tank, based in Washington, DC.
The Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois is a tax watchdog group.
Taylor Leighton is a PolitiFact intern and a student at the University of Chicago.
Ted Dabrowski is vice-president of policy with the Illinois Policy Institute.
Illinois Sunshine is a searchable database of election finance data maintained by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. This post is a republication of Illinois Sunshine's IL Sunshine Weekly email update of political donations and spending for the week indicated in the title. To subscribe to Sunshine Weekly click here.
Tim Novak is a reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Tina Sfondeles covers state politics for the Chicago Sun-Times. Follow her on Twitter at @tinasfon.
Tina Sfondeles covers state politics for the Chicago Sun-Times. Follow her on Twitter at @tinasfon. Fran Spielman covers city government for the Chicago Sun-Times. Follow her on Twitter at @fspielman.
Tina Sfondeles is a political reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Virginia Barreda is an intern at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Todd Maisch is president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
Todd Maisch is president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Michael Kleinik is executive director of the Chicago Laborers District Council-LMCC. They are Transportation for Illinois Coalition.
State Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, served as Illinois House Republican Leader from 2002 until announcing his candidacy for Illinois State Treasurer in 2013.
Tom Cross (Republican) is the Illinois State Representative for the 97th District and the Republican nominee for state treasurer.
Jack Franks (Democrat) is the Illinois State Representative for the 63rd District.
Tom Grey has helped lead the national movement against predatory gambling for almost twenty years. He first became active in the predatory gambling movement when a riverboat casino was docked in his county in 1992. Joining with other concerned citizens from across the political spectrum, hailing from every region in the U.S., Tom emerged as a leader for the movement representing a diverse national coalition of groups and individuals. Before becoming a minister, Tom served as the commander of a U.S. Army rifle company in Germany and as a military advisor to a Vietnamese infantry battalion in Vietnam. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. He has served four churches, including one bi-racial congregation made up of members from four denominations: Presbyterian, United Methodist, Disciples of Christ, and the United Church of Christ.
State Rep. Tom Morrison, R-Palatine, represents the 54th Illinois House district.
Tom Tresser (http://www.tresser.com) is an educator, organizer, civic engagement enabler, defender of the commons and a fighter of privatization. Tom was elected to the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School’s Local School Council and served from 2004 to 2006. He was a co-founder of Protect Our Parks, a neighborhood effort to stop the privatization of public space in Chicago. He was a lead organizer for No Games Chicago, an all-volunteer grassroots effort that opposed Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid. He has taught a number of classes on art, creativity and civic engagement for Loyola University, School of the Art Institute, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and DePaul University. He is also currently consulting with the Rockford Housing Authority on a local economic development program that combines the arts and creative enterprise.
Tom Villanova is president of the Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council.
Tom Weisner is currently serving his third term as mayor of Aurora, Illinois, the state’s second largest city, with a population of nearly 200,000. He assumed the chairmanship of the Chicago Metropolitan Mayors Caucus in November 2013 and currently is the Kane/Kendall representative to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Executive Board member of the Illinois Municipal League and Past President of Metro West Council of Governments. He was appointed as a Director at the Illinois Toll Highway Authority by Governor Pat Quinn and also serves as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee at the Tollwa. He also is founding Chairman of the Northwest Water Planning Alliance, a collaborative planning organization involving municipalities and counties in a five county area of the Chicago suburbs.
Tom Wolf is executive director of the energy council of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.
Travis Akin is executive director of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW). Visit its website at www.illinoislawsuitabusewatch.org.
Truth in Accounting's mission is to educate and empower citizens with understandable, reliable, and transparent government financial information. Visit their website at http://www.truthinaccounting.org
Ty Fahner is president of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago. The Civic Committee is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization of senior executives of the region's largest employers that works with public officials and other civic organizations for the social and economic well-being of the region.
Vic Miceli is vice president and co-owner of Des Plaines Office Equipment, a family-owned business operating since 1955. It is based in Elk Grove Village. Miceli has served on the board of the Small Business Advocacy Council.
Wendell Cox is principal of Demographia, an international public policy consulting firm located in the St. Louis metropolitan area. He has conducted research on local government performance in the United States, Canada and Australia.
Will Guzzardi is a Democratic state representative for the 39th House District.
Will Taylor is the pseudonym under which William Taylor Godfrey writes the "Truths Self-Evident" pamphlet series. Godfrey is retired after over 35 years working in business management for both Fortune 500 and smaller corporations plus co-owning a small manufacturing company for seven years. He earned an MBA degree from Rutgers University. The "Truths Self-Evident" pamphlet series covers political, economic and social issues. He chose this format in admiration of the pamphleteers who risked their lives during the founding of our country." He lives in Sycamore.
William R. Atwood is the executive director of the Illinois State Board of Investment.
William O'Keefe is chief executive officer of the George C. Marshall Institute. The George C. Marshall Institute was established in 1984 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation to conduct technical assessments of scientific issues with an impact on public policy.
William A. Von Hoene, Jr. is senior executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Exelon. Chicago-based Exelon owns and operates Illinois’ six nuclear energy facilities. Von Hoene previously served as executive vice president, Finance and Legal, of Exelon. He joined the company in 2002.