In the Loop Guests


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Anne Kavanagh has worked as an award winning, Chicago journalist for more than 25 years covering news, politics and sports. Anne launched Media Pros 24/7, a communications company in 2010.

MediaPros 24/7 has produced two documentaries and numerous videos including one that aired on PBS and is nominated for an Emmy and another on inequities in school funding in Illinois. The company provides communications services for high profile Chicago businesses, colleges and universities, law firms, politicians, think tanks and major charities and non profits. Anne also appears on television and radio programs as a commentator and guest host and writes for national magazines.

Anne spent 23 years as an 11 time Emmy award winning television reporter at FOX News Chicago. She has reported stories from the streets of Chicago to Vietnam, Romania, the Vatican and Latin America. She covered general news and sports and worked on special projects including several award winning documentaries. Anne hosted many news and sports specials including the Chicago Marathon. She covered national presidential campaigns and interviewed five American presidents. A special report she did in 1998 was shown at the White House. Anne‘s work has also been honored many times by the Chicago Headline Club, the Illinois Associated Press, United Press International and the Chicago Society of Black Journalists.

Anne began her news career working as a reporter for ABC affiliates in Milwaukee and Green Bay. She grew up in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood and she graduated from Lane Tech High School, DePaul University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

She is an advisory board member at DePaul University’s College of Communications and teaches investigative journalism there. She is also a member of the Field Museum Women’s Board.

Anne lives in Glenview with her husband Terry Smith and their two children, Connor and Sianna.

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Maze Jackson is currently the Executive Director of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation, and a partner at Compass Public Affairs, LLC   Prior to co-founding Compass Public Affairs, Maze spent the previous 15 years as Founder/President/CEO of Universal MazJac Enterprises, Inc., a full service urban advertising, marketing, and promotions agency.  In addition to running his own agency, Maze has also become a noted campaign and political strategist, working on some of the most challenging campaigns, from local to statewide races.

Maze currently serves as: Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the Christian Community Health Center, Co-Founder of the Next Generation Leadership Council, President of the Iota Phi Sigma Chapter (The Darkside) of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Board Member of the Turnstone Development Corporation, Board Member of the True Star Foundation, and on-air social media contributor at WVON-AM.

Raised in Bolingbrook, IL, Maze attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a President’s Award Scholar.  Maze currently resides in Chicago, where he counts cooking, fantasy football, and Facebook as hobbies.

Maze is the proud father of two, Milan (daughter) and Mazonne II (son).


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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 received his B.A. in economics from Grove City College and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. After law school, he clerked for Judge Deborah L. Cook of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He then practiced law at a litigator at a large law firm in Columbus, Ohio, and then in his own law office before joining the Liberty Justice Center upon its founding in 2011. His work has earned him recognition as a Rising Star in appellate law by Super Lawyers in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

As an adjunct law professor, Jacob has taught advanced legal writing at Chicago-Kent College of Law; jurisprudence, payments and advanced appellate advocacy at Ohio Northern University College of Law; and appellate advocacy at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He has spoken to Federalist Society chapters at law schools across the country on topics including economic liberty and judicial selection.

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

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Elizabeth Kregor is the Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School.   Under Beth’s guidance, Chicago law students take their first steps into the practice of law by providing legal advice to lower income entrepreneurs.  Recently, Beth and her students have negotiated agreements for a toy company’s characters to be used in a video game, advised the founders of a barbeque sauce business on how to structure their shareholders agreements, drafted loan agreements for a stand-up comedy producer, and assisted a café through the maze of license and permit requirements.  Beth also teaches a seminar on entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School, to introduce law students to the significance of entrepreneurship in our system of government and the legal obstacles entrepreneurs must overcome.  Under her leadership, the Clinic has extended its reach to many entrepreneurs and community leaders, so that many more people may learn why the law must be made a help, rather than a hindrance, for inner city entrepreneurs.  In 2009, she co-authored a study of legal obstacles to entrepreneurship in Chicago, Regulatory Field.  The study has inspired politicians and the public alike to advocate for legislative reform.

Beth came to the IJ Clinic from the law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, where she practiced for several years with a specialty in intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining Sidley, she clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya on the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  Beth received her J.D. magna cum laude from University of Michigan Law School in 1999. During her time at Michigan, she served as Managing Editor of the Michigan Law Review and interned in the General Counsel's office of the Guggenheim Museum. As an undergraduate, Beth studied Comparative Literature at Yale University, graduating magna cum laude in 1996.