In The Loop Guest Bios



jeanne.pngJEANNE M. IVES (R)

Jeanne Ives is a Representative in the Illinois State House. As a freshman legislator, Ives has demonstrated not only a willingness to lead on difficult issues and question powerful House leaders, but also an insightful understanding of policy.

Her legislation has been recognized throughout the state and her opinion editorials have been published in the Chicago Tribune, as well as several political news sites.

Ives Representative Ives graduated in the West Point Class of 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She went on to serve in the US Army. Her assignments included platoon leader and headquarters detachment commander for transportation units in Germany and ROTC instructor at Wheaton College.

She resigned from the Army in 1993 to raise her children and at the same time worked as a tax advisor and bookkeeper for small businesses and individuals.

Prior to her election to the Illinois House, Ives served on the Wheaton City Council, where her tenure was marked by conservative leadership and an unwavering commitment to the taxpayers’ bottom line.

In her first term, Ives has focused on bringing about true pension and tax reform in the state, pursuing term limits for lawmakers, government transparency, and advocating for school choice.

The representative also sits on the House Appropriations Committee for Elementary & Secondary Education, House Labor Committee, House Committee on Cities and Villages, House Committee on Mass Transit and House Committee on International Trade and Commerce.

Jeanne has lived in Wheaton for 20 years with her husband, Paul (also a USMA Class of 1987 graduate), and their 5 children. She is a parent volunteer at her children’s schools and has been coaching the St. Michael Boys and Girls Championship Cross Country teams for 7 years.

Facebook: Monroe Anderson // Twitter @MonroeAnderson

I'm a Cyber Columnist who is a four-time Pulitzer Prize nominated, award-winning veteran Chicago journalist. I have executive produced and hosted my own local CBS TV show, written signed op-ed page columns for both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, and was the editor of Savoy Magazine.

A published author, I have worked for magazines, newspapers, television and written blogs.

I am a member of the Trotter Group, a collective of African American columnists representing publications coast-to-coast and of the AfroSpear, a collective of black bloggers.

In 2007, I was selected to participate in the Kaiser Family Foundation Traveling Media Seminar in South Africa. Along with five other journalists, from the U.S. and U.K., I visited South Africa for nine days for an in-depth study of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

From February 2006 until July 2007, I was a freelance op-ed page columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. My political commentary ran every Sunday in the newspaper's “Controversy” section.

I was the editor of Savoy Magazine, until the national publication experienced financial problems in late 2005. Before taking the helm of Savoy in November 2004, I was the editor of N'DIGO, a Chicago weekly publication that has the nation's largest African-American newspaper circulation. 

In a former professional life, I was host and executive producer of Common Ground at CBS2 Chicago.

As a career journalist for more than three decades, I worked for some of America’s best-known media corporations—Dow Jones, Johnson Publishing Company, the Tribune Company, Post-Newsweek and Viacom. In 1988-89, I had a stint in municipal government, serving as Press Secretary for Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer.

I have also co-authored of the non-fiction book, "Brothers," which was published by William Morrow & Company in the spring of 1988. I am a contributing author to "Restoration 1989: Chicago Elects a New Daley," a book detailing the 1989 Chicago mayoral election, published by Lyceum Books in the fall of 1991. Anderson's chapter is entitled, "The Sawyer Saga: A Journalist, Who Just Happened to be the Mayor's Press Secretary, Speaks."

I have taught feature writing at Columbia College Chicago and a public speaking class to MBA students at the University of Illinois Chicago.


Benefit Management Associates, Inc., established by Paul L. Dark III, specializes in health, accidental, life, dental, short and long term disability, and long term care insurance. Paul brings 27 years’ experience to Benefit Management Associates, Inc. with a background in management, political ally and business leader.  Paul supports Benefit Management Associates, Inc.’s goal of providing quality insurance and financial services to our entire clientele one customer at a time by focusing on wellness approaches, tools, resources and information to provide employees with the support needed to balance their lives.

Paul Dark is a 1984 graduate from Kendall College, with a BA in Business Administration. Paul has also received further training in insurance. Right out of college, he started working at the Coca Cola Company as a Territorial Sales Manager. In 1988, he left the Coca Cola Company and began working with Rush-Prudential Health Plan as a Sales Executive. Feeling he could do better on his own, Paul left Prudential in 1993, He started his own insurance brokerage company, Benefit Management Associates, Inc. He is currently the President of BMA, which is licensed in 5 states: GA, AL, FL, WI, and IL.  Paul is also board member of countless organizations including; Cook County of the 2nd District or the Round Table.  Kendall College Alumni Association, STARS Project Community Academy, Chicago Southland Association of Health Underwriters (CSAHU), and the newly created, Brokers on Board.

Paul has been featured in many news outlets including; Crain’s (2014), WBEX (2014), and WCPT: The Family Meeting Radio Show (2015).

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