Illinois Influencers

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About the author

Bob Gough is the vice president and editor of QuincyNews.org, an independent online news organization in Quincy, Illinois that launched in April 2008. Gough is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of journalism and has 20 years experience in print, radio, television, newspaper and online journalism.

The Top 10 Democrats

William Daley

Brother of current Chicago mayor and son of legendary former mayor; former U.S. Commerce Secretary; ran Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign

Marty Nesbitt

Director of the Chicago Housing Authority; ran the Obama Victory Fund

Emil Jones

Former state Senate president

Michael Kasper

General counsel and treasurer of the Democratic Party of Illinois; one of the country's top election lawyers

Penny Pritzker

Businesswoman; national finance chair for Barack Obama's presidential campaign

William A. Brandt

CEO of Development Specialists, Inc.; chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority

David Ellis

Chief attorney to House Speaker Michael Madigan

Tim Mapes

Chief of staff for Speaker Madigan

Ann Spillane

Chief of staff for Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Tom Balanoff

State president for the SEIU

The Next 36 Democrats

Mike McClain

Lobbyist and former state representative from Quincy who has the ear of House Speaker Madigan

Jim McPike

Lobbyist, former House majority leader

Joseph Barrios

Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party

Al Ronan

Attorney, lobbyist

Henry Bayer

AFSCME Council 31 Executive Director

Tom Cullen

Springfield attorney, lobbyist

Jim Reed

Director of governmental relations for the Illinois Education Association.

Rob Uhe

Lobbyist at TaylorUhe, LLC

Steve Brown

Spokesman for Speaker Madigan

William Harte

Chicago attorney

Glenn Poshard

Former Congressman; president of Southern Illinois University

Juan Ochoa

CEO of Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority

Gary Hannig

Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation

Marilyn Stewart

President of the Chicago Teacher's Union

Richard Rodriguez

President of the Chicago Transit Authority

Patrick Collins

Chairman of the Illinois Reform Commission

Jack Guthman

Attorney; fundraiser

Lewis Manilow

Real estate developer; fundraiser

John Satalic

Attorney; former chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley

Ron Huberman

CEO of Chicago public schools

Ray Orozco

Current chief of staff to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley

Ed Bedore

Consultant; former Chicago budget director

Allison Davis

Real estate investor; attorney

Alan Pirtle

Illinois Democratic County Chairmen's Association president

John Simmons

Alton attorney; made his mark in asbestos litigation

Jeff Cooper

Alton attorney; former partner in Simmons Law Firm

Bill Filan

Chicago lobbyist

W.H. Luking

Lobbyist for the city of Chicago

Tom Hynes

Former Cook County assessor and Senate president

Ed Geppert

President, Illinois Federation of Teachers

Fred Eychaner

Chairman of Chicago Newsweb; major Democratic donor

Victor Reyes

Hispanic Democratic Organization

Tim Degnan

Former aide to Mayor Daley

Jeremiah Joyce

Former state senator; Daley confidant

Jack Higgins

CEO of Higgins Development

Chris Kennedy

President of Merchandise Mart

The Top 10 Republications

Jim Thompson

Former four-term governor; partner at Winston and Strawn

Jim Edgar

Last Illinois governor not to be indicted or in jail

Pat Brady

State GOP Chairman

Doug Whitley

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Dave Vite

Chairman of the Illinois Retail Merchants Associations

Andrew J. …