GUESTS
03/23/2017

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MATT MURPHY
SENIOR GOVERNMENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR
MAC STRATEGIES GROUP
(TWITTER: @MacStratGrp)


Matt Murphy leads the government relations practice for Mac Strategies Group, expanding the firm’s legislative and regulatory practice, advocating on behalf of a diverse group of clients on the city, state, and federal levels.

Murphy previously served as the Illinois Senate Deputy Republican Leader in the legislature earning a reputation as one of the most respected and thoughtful lawmakers in the state Capitol. First elected in 2006, he quickly established a niche as a go-to voice on budget and economic issues overall. Murphy served on some of the most impactful committees in Springfield such as the Executive Committee, Appropriations, Energy and Public Utilities, and Insurance Committees, plus the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).

Following the election of Governor Bruce Rauner in 2014, Murphy was consistently called upon by the administration and Senate leadership to serve on important working groups tasked with solving the state’s greatest problems.

Even in Springfield’s stubbornly partisan legislative landscape, Murphy was an effective, pragmatic leader who could be relied upon to work toward bipartisan compromise on difficult issues such as the state’s budget, reforming Medicaid, modifying workers’ compensation laws, and reforming the criminal justice system.

Murphy, a licensed attorney, is actively engaged in his community, serving on the executive board for the Palatine Park District Foundation and advisory board for the Preservation of Human Dignity. He is also a member of the Northwest Suburban Alliance on Domestic Violence and the Knights of Columbus Holy Ghost Council #4977.

A native of Mount Prospect, he attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. He is an alumnus of the University of Iowa, and graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1996 with a Juris Doctor. Matt and his wife, Julie, reside with their four children, Erin, Molly, Kevin, and Colleen in Palatine.

For more information: http://macstrategiesgroup.com/our-team/matt-murphy

     
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JEN WEIGEL
BROADCAST JOURNALIST
(TWITTER:@JENWEIGEL)


Jen is an award winning broadcast journalist from Chicago. She started in radio doing everything from traffic Jen is an award winning broadcast journalist from Chicago. She started in radio doing everything from traffic to sports and eventually moved to television where she was a reporter and news anchor. She won an Emmy for her on-camera reporting for CBS. Then she decided life was too short to file reports while shivering on an overpass telling people, “It’s cold outside. Back to you.” She started her own production Jen is an award winning broadcast journalist from Chicago. She started in radio doing everything from traffic to sports and eventually moved to television where she was a reporter and news anJen is an award winning broadcast journalist from Chicago. She started in radio doing everything from traffic to sports and eventually moved to television where she was a reporter and news anchor. She won an Emmy for her on-camera reporting for CBS. Then she decided life was too short to file reports while shivering on an overpass telling people, “It’s cold outside. Back to you.” She started her own production company and hosted the Emmy nominated food and wine show called “Taste” for NBC in Chicago. She’s written three books: “Stay Tuned”,“I’m Spiritual, Dammit!” and “This Isn’t the Life I Ordered.” They are all listed under the “books” tab on this website. Her fourth book is being released in March of 2017.

She worked with the Chicago Tribune from 2010 to 2015 as a columnist (“Lessons for Life”), Executive Producer of video content, and a reporter (lifestyles, travel, food and the Remarkable Woman column.) She now hosts “Conversations with Weigel” at the Wilmette Theatre once a month, interviewing authors and gurus from across the country. Jen also hosts “Friday Funnies” at The Willmette Theatre, which features local comedians the first Friday of every month.

She is available for media coaching, event hosting and public speaking, and now runs Weigel Productions, which creates videos and TV shows.

For more information:  http://www.jenweigel.com/bio/
 

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CHARLES THOMAS
POLITICAL JOURNALIST


Charles Thomas joined ABC 7 News in September of 1991 as a General Assignment reporter after working for several years as a Midwest Correspondent for ABC News in the Chicago and St. Louis Bureaus. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1973 when he graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

"While working at the network, I traveled throughout the region, to all fifty states and to five of the seven continents", says Thomas. "Chicago was always the most exciting and intriguing city for me personally and professionally. So when ABC 7 offered a position on its staff covering Chicago on a daily basis, it was a dream come true. It also helped that I wouldn't have to fly on so many airplanes", he added.

Still, Thomas remains one of ABC 7's most well-traveled reporters, adding a "Chicago perspective" to many stories of national interest. He has corresponded for Channel 7 from both O.J. Simpson trials, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Rodney King trials and civil disorder, major airline crashes, natural disasters, the Chicago White Sox 2005 World Series Championship and many other assignments. He has reported from Europe and Asia for ABC 7 and in 2006, accompanied U.S. Senator Barack Obama to Africa.

Charles and his wife Maria are the parents of two adult sons and one adult daughter. They also are blessed with twin grandsons and a granddaughter. The couple resides in downtown Chicago.