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Winning Elections in the 21st Century



What:  Society of Midland Authors monthly meeting

When:  Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 (Reception 6-7 pm; presentation 7-8 pm)

Where:  Cliff Dwellers, 200 N. Michigan, 22nd floor penthouse


Free, open to the public. Cash bar, free hors-d'oeuvres; no reservation required.



Winning Elections in the 21st Century


A panel discussion with authors Dick Simpson and Betty O’Shaughnessy, joined by political consultant Don Rose





Winning Elections in the 21st Century is a handbook for anyone who wants to know how campaigns are run and won today. Written by longtime political veterans (both former elected officials), the book is steeped in old-fashioned political know-how and savvy about the latest campaign techniques, methods, and strategies using social media, vote analytics, small donor online fundraising and increasingly sophisticated microtargeting. Using examples from across the U.S., the authors discuss the nuts and bolts of state and local races, as well as best practices in national elections. Winning Elections helps candidates, students and citizens consider all the opportunities and challenges these tools provide—never losing sight of the role that personal contact plays in getting voters to the polls.


Winning Elections will be published in April 2016, but you can preorder copies at this event.


Dick Simpson is professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and co-editor with Dennis Judd of The City, Revisited: Urban Theory from Chicago, Los Angeles, New York.


Betty O’Shaughnessy is a visiting lecturer in political science, University of Illinois at Chicago, and coauthor of The Struggle for Power and Influence in Cities and States. She’s a former trustee for West Deerfield Township in Lake County and teaches political science at Loyola Academy in Wilmette.


Don Rose is an independent political consultant heading Don Rose Communications and The Urban Political Group. He writes a weekly online column for the Chicago Daily Observer that has won several awards.

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For more information, contact Greg Borzo: (312) 636-8968;