IN THE LOOP 12/08/2016


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A lifelong Chicago resident, John possesses a diverse background in law, business, tax, journalism, public policy, governmental affairs, marketing, and strategic communications. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a double major in Journalism and Political Science and earned his joint J.D./LL.M. at The John Marshall Law School with a concentration in Tax Law. He was then admitted to the Illinois bar for the practice of law in November of 2016.

While at John Marshall, John was President of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies and currently volunteers his free time with the Chicago Young Republicans and United Hellenic Voters of America.

Before going to law school, John spent seven years working in journalism and later working for various non-profit organizations to improve the Illinois jobs climate, education system, tax code, state debt, and government transparency. He has extensive print and TV media experience, serving as a moderator and panelist for America’s Future Foundation, the Illinois Policy Institute, WBBM-TV CBS 2, WGN-TV 9, PBS's "​In The Loop,"​ and CLTV's "Politics Tonight."​ John’s written works have been published in U.S. News & World Report, Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Reboot Illinois, and the RedEye.


Shelby Livingston is a reporter at Modern Healthcare magazine, a Crain Communications publication, where she covers many aspects of the healthcare industry. Before she joined Modern Healthcare in 2016, she reported on employer-sponsored healthcare for Business Insurance magazine in Chicago. Shelby has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s in English from Clemson University. She is from Charleston, S.C.

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Shermin Kruse is a partner at the law firm of Barack Ferrazzano, an accomplished and trained negotiator, facilitator, and mediator, the author of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novel Butterfly Stitching, a contributor to the Huffington Post, co-founder and director of the peace organization, Pasfarda Arts and Culture Exchange, a director of the international refugee center Heshima Kenya, and a director of the ACLU of Illinois. Kruse, who spent her childhood in Iran dodging rockets and the morality police, immigrated with her family carrying little more than a few suitcases. Post immigration, Kruse graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School and rose in the ranks of the professional world. In addition to her fiction writing and journalism, Kruse is a frequent speaker and writer on issues relating to human rights, racial diversity, cross-cultural dialogue and negotiation, and women in leadership. Kruse’s commitment to equal rights, professional development and peace-dialogue is international. From traveling to the Turkey-Syria border to interface with Syrian refugee children to serving as a commentator on NPR’s Worldview on foreign policy issues, Kruse is globally dedicated to raising awareness. Kruse was named one of Chicago’s most influential women by Chicago Business Journal and one of Chicago’s 100 Women of Inspiration by Today’s Chicago Magazine.

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